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March 16, 2010

The increasing irrelevance of what's in newspapers to what matters to most people

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It's like there are two worlds: the one covered by the Times and Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, with front pages replete with stories about gridlock in Washington and infighting in the White House, and style sections that cover boring and repetitive fashion and gossip about dull people, and the one that I find unceasingly arresting, where people with lives and passions who actually know something and do stuff that can make the world a better place hang out. 

The first one, increasingly out-of-touch with what matters, is Landliner Nation.

The second, where the action is and where people are spending more and more time and money, well, I'm not sure what to call it.

Flautist?

Bueller?

clifyt?

Anyone?

March 16, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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I was going to call the opposite of these newspapers journalism. Too snarky and not quite on the mark as a lot of non-journalists are extremely interesting in their own little niche.

The beauty of the disparate and wide ranging topics known as the web. We don't let an organization like a newspaper tell us what we need to know, we create the experience ourselves.

We should ask @jeffjarvis

Posted by: Ray | Mar 16, 2010 4:54:32 PM

It's called "reality." Look at it this way: Newspapers cover what happened yesterday (sometimes; many of them are even slower). A bunch of online "news" sites (like PC World) live in that same "what happened a while back" space. Real people live in "now." And real people have figured out that they can get news about what is happening *RIGHT NOW* from Twitter and the more-intelligently-run Web news sites.

WSJ, the Post, NYT, and other Murdoch propaganda tools are increasingly desperate - and living in the past. Ten years from now, we'll go to the "morgue" in the local library to see newspapers.

Posted by: Morely Dotes | Mar 16, 2010 12:58:30 PM

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