Saturday, April 18, 2009

Movie Review: State of Play, or Why Newspapers Are Still Important

In other words, our newspapers are dying, and the elements of newspapers that we as citizens need more today than ever (i.e. those that hold the government accountable, or help to provide international context for American actions) are also on the ropes. Furthermore, these are elements that, for the most part, can’t be replicated at online-only outlets. Newspapers spend like crazy, deploying teams of journalists to cover stories and churn out articles for weeks at a time. This public service, once subsidized by the likes of classified ads and advertising, is quickly become unsustainable with the advent of forces like Craigslist and the depressed economy, and we’ll be worse off when it’s gone.

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