The print P-I was irreverent and unpredictable, a long-shot survivor from the start. It persisted through 11 moves, and more than 17 owners. It didn't miss an edition when its building burned to the ground along with its press in the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. It outlived some 20 scrappy competitors before the turn of the 20th century, an era described by Clarence Bagley, one of its 19th century owners, as a time when newspapers "lived hard and died easy."
But it couldn't endure the firestorm of the Internet. And in the end, it wouldn't outlast its long headlock with The Seattle Times.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
WOW !!! The Seattle Post just printed its last edition today. This shows the mess the newpapers are in right now. This is what their site says:
Definitely print media is going out of business, but I guess traditional press is on the way out too. Is it a good thing? I am not so sure. Though I am all gung-ho for citizen journalizm, I want to trust the news I read. I want credibility, I want hard facts behind the opinions I read. Citizen journalism/blogging is still to a very great extend, mere views without substantial backing. And the views on the net are very polarized!!
I would trust New York Times more than any blogger, even though it might be John Battalle or the like. What happens to the credibility of news in this new era? Does digg define whats news now? Are there alternatives that promote subjective journalism or is journalism as we know it doomed in the years to come?
What happens to coffee with the morning newspaper ?