Thursday, November 5, 2009

Newspaper industry may be fading, but ships still sail the seas

Rex Smith writes:

So I was startled to read a New York magazine headline this week asserting that Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of The New York Times, had compared print media to the Titanic. That was distressing: If Sulzberger believes we’re doomed, I may need to rethink my metaphor, not to mention update my resume.

But it was a typical case of the limited space of a headline being unable to capture the full meaning of a story. What Sulzberger had said wasn’t that newspapers were plunging to icy depths, but that some of our industry’s detractors may be following the Titanic Fallacy.

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