Friday, June 13, 2008
All the news that's fit to print may not be printed
Business Week columnist Jon Fine sees some newspapers drastically shrinking, and others disappearing altogether, in the not-so-distant future. Indeed, he believes "one or more major American markets will lose their daily newspaper within 18 months." The good news: Bloggers and websites will pick up some of the slack. The bad news: "Newspapers still do some things that can't be replaced. Unfortunately, we're about to find out exactly what those things are." I would argue that we already know what one of those things is: Making the general public (as opposed to diehard movie buffs and sophisticated cineastes) aware of underhyped indie and art-house movies that aren't backed by mega-expensive multimedia ad campaigns.