[ExI] death of print news: was RE: To Arms!

Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Fri Apr 3 06:32:41 UTC 2009

2009/4/3 spike <spike66 at att.net>:
>> ...On Behalf Of Fred C. Moulton
> ...
>> Emyln
>> Thanks for forwarding the article.
>> Lots of interesting morsels to consider.
>> Fred
>> On Fri, 2009-04-03 at 15:13 +1030, Emlyn wrote:
>> > 2009/4/3 spike <spike66 at att.net>:
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >> ...On Behalf Of Fred C. Moulton
>> > >>
>> > >> ...I would not want a reporter on a deadline ... to
>> mistakenly think...
>> > > Fred
> Ja, the article mentions specifically Knight Ridder, which once published
> our local paper the San Jose Merky News.  Knight Ridder was bought by
> McClatchy in March 2006, in a stunning example of bad corporate decision
> making.  Four years ago today, McClatchy stock was worth 74 dollars a share.
> Today it closed at 69 cents.  A share of newspaper stock is now worth less
> than a single daily issue of the newspaper.
> CraigsList provides free sales ads.  Community online bulletin boards have
> obviated much of the local content.  CNN and Fox cover the national and
> world headlines.  We can even get comics, sudoku and daily crosswords
> online, and I don't have a birdcage, so I really don't know why we still
> need to spill all that messy ink and slay perfectly healthy trees in which
> countless ants are otherwise cheerfully masturbating aphids.
> spike

In my latest book package from Amazon (arrived last night,
excellent!), was Clay Shirky's "Here Comes Everybody". Really a very
good book so far, my only quibble being that he moves quite slowly
(but then if you haven't been keeping up with this stuff, that's
probably an asset). Most salient point so far: Transaction costs for
forming groups are dropping / have dropped to zero, thus the raison
d'etre for forming hierarchical organizations is undermined.

On a masturbation related tangent: I have an annual singing engagement
doing the easter services for a local Anglican church (read C of E or
maybe Episcopalians in the US??). At a rehearsal last night the
regular choristers were discussing a recent sermon that the priest
delivered for lent, something about the "pleasure principle" (???),
and that they are allowed to enjoy orgasms and to masturbate. Now you
have to realize that this is no young hipster set, more the hip
replacement set, so apparently this was quite embarrassing for the
congregation, and is regarded as somewhat scandalous. It certainly
made an impact; the story goes that at tea after the service, an
elderly woman told people that her husband was away because he was
being masturbated under anaesthetic (rather than "manipulated" under
anaesthetic, which means something else I think).

I think this says it all:


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