Saturday, February 14, 2009

The future of the newspaper

Robert Fulford writes:

Journalists, a perverse lot, like to announce the death of great institutions. Long-time newspaper readers have lived through the death of the Canadian Conservative party, for instance, on at least five occasions. Book critics regularly declare serious fiction dead. Media reporters claim that network TV is expiring. Even so, it's curious that journalists have now developed the creepy habit of predicting that daily papers are about to gasp their last. Editors and publishers on newspapers from the New York Times to the Toronto Star sound as if they're rehearsing their Famous Last Words.

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