Friday, December 19, 2008

A day without media

Lisa Sorg writes:

Pick a day, say Jan. 21, 2009, and imagine that nearly all journalism will vanish. Local newspapers are kaput, having disappeared from street boxes and the racks at your favorite lunch spot. Turn on the NPR stations, and you hear nothing but static. The TV, well there's always TV. Oops, too bad, its broadcast has shrunk from 24 minutes to three. The only news left is Greg Fishel announcing the cold front has stalled over the coast, and the troubleshooter trying to get the delinquent contractor to finish a little old lady's vinyl siding.

Even the Internet is taking a hit: Aggregators have little to aggregate. The only remaining information sources are the bloggers who report, rather than ruminate, and the too-few electronic media that do original reporting.

It would be a dark day, indeed.


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