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Cathy D.

Thanks Mitch for this analysis--I had recently commented on the sparseness of the evening paper in my blog, and while my busy self appreciate a shorter paper-reading time span, the newshound in me feels the lack.

Josh Osbun

Despite the overwhelmingly obvious decline in the newspaper industry, Fort Wayne Newspapers is building a brand new printing press. Is this blind optimism on their part?

News Mom

The newshound in me also feels the lack. I just feel as if there is so much more going on in Fort Wayne that could be reported on. Not just the bad but the good. Why are so many of their articles from outside sources and other newspapers?

Brandon

I think the question remains: so what. As newspapers decline in size, and as advertisers move to the internet, it is just the signal of a societal trend towards the Internet. I feel that the post is superfluous because it simply observed without contextualization. What are the implications of the lessening of newspapers. It is not discussed; we are left to wonder what implications this will have.

With no contextualization offered, it leaves one with the feeling that the blog displays glee over the lessening of the newspaper, as if it is a significant event in the war between the Internet and the “Old Media.” Except there is no reason for the glee or the impending demise of print newspapers.

In reality this whole war between bloggers and the Old Media is really a case of one giant media corporation (the big newspaper chains, TV, etc) replaced by another (Sprint and the other media giants that own the Internet backbone). It’s rhetoric.

With the introduction of legislation that will soon create a multi-tiered Internet, the era of “free speech” on the Internet will dissipate and be revealed for the illusion it really is.

We will again be paying to have access to the news—except this time, it will be electronic.

How does this relate to this post? I say let’s invent the flexible, portable electronic news readers and get rid of the paper already.

Jim

Wow ... editorials on 4A?? The N-S really has fallen on hard times. However, I think this is the future. As the internet continues to grow in dominance, old technology (i.e., print) will suffer. Most people don't understand that, other than the front pages of sections, news copy is merely filler to go around the ads. Having worked as a wire editor at a couple of dailies in northeast Indiana, that was my job -- fill up the space around the advertising. When that dries up -- and as you noted, there aren't as many big retailers/department stores anymore -- the size of the print product will follow. It's sad to see, especially for those of us who have some ink running through our veins. But this is the way of technology. I'm sure when newspapers became prominent in the late 1700s, some people mourned for the town crier.

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