The death and life of the American newspaper

In the latest New Yorker Eric Alterman examines the history and future of the “dead tree publications”.

According to “Abandoning the News,” published by the Carnegie Corporation, thirty-nine per cent of respondents under the age of thirty-five told researchers that they expected to use the Internet in the future for news purposes; just eight per cent said that they would rely on a newspaper. It is a point of ironic injustice, perhaps, that when a reader surfs the Web in search of political news he frequently ends up at a site that is merely aggregating journalistic work that originated in a newspaper, but that fact is not likely to save any newspaper jobs or increase papers’ stock valuation.

Thanks to “Bob Cringely” for the link. In his post Bob describes the sort of smart RSS feed he wants — as do we.