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MEDIA: A troubling sign of the times

Letter by Norm Eklund, Puyallup on June 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm with 15 Comments »
June 25, 2012 11:23 am

Re: “New Orleans faces future without daily newspaper” (TNT, 6-24).

It’s sad, troubling news indeed that a major American city will now be without its own daily newspaper. And it happens to be one of the most prestigious, award-winning newspapers in the land – the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

And for those like Sarah Palin who think bloggers and the Internet will fill the information void, guess what? Thirty-six per cent of the people of New Orleans lack access to the Internet.

Imagine Tacoma/Pierce County without a local daily newspaper. Where would you go to stay well-informed?

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  1. SandraKirstan says:

    How long did it take Sarah Palin to come up with that answer?

  2. alindasue says:

    Maybe she found it in a blog somewhere?

  3. Well said. Blogs are for opinion-pieces – sometimes really uninformed ones at that. High journalistic standards are partly upheld by the reputation of the news organization. A blogger has virtually no repercussion for providing inaccurate information. In a sense we always have been, but we’re turning into a nation of opinionated, but not educated nimwits.

  4. Hmmm, I wonder if those “thirty-six per cent of the people of New Orleans (that) lack access to the Internet” are subscribers to the Times-Picayune?

    Seems to me if that were the case, coupled with those who have both internet access and subscriptions to the TP, the paper wouldn’t be in trouble.

    More likely they get their “news” from John Stewart.

    But cute dig(s) at Sarah Palin. Lord knows that is not a cliché. Perhaps such lack of originality and facts were also contributing factors in the demise of another example of “old media”.

  5. LeePHill says:

    Newspapers are available on the street for sale.

  6. not in New Orleans.

  7. Using a newspaper to keep well informed? LOLOL yeah right.

  8. HistoryFan says:

    When I read your question, “Imagine Tacoma/Pierce County without a local daily newspaper. Where would you go to stay well-informed?” I thought you were serving up a softball for many to reply. Too easy to ponder not having the Tacoma News Tribune.

  9. Newspapers are available on the street for sale.

    And if they’re priced anywhere near what we have to pay locally, that would be twenty bucks a month. I’m sure that’s what these non-internet subscribers are doing since that would cost them more than a subscription to the TP.

    Smart, Larry.

    Dial-up internet access can be had for under ten dollars a month. Forgo the Big screen TV/ Play Station/ X-box/ Wi purchase(s) (not to mention accessories and games) and buy a cheap computer – problem solved and money saved.

  10. menopaws says:

    VEry, very sad…….Newspapers are the lifeline for those who can’t afford computers and don’t have TV…….Sarah Palin always brags about having her degree in communications—guess it only matters if you work for Fox………but, then again, she has NEVER written an Op-Ed for any paper, has she?

  11. LeePHill says:

    Internet services are only worthwhile AFTER you pay a few hundred (miminum) for a computer.

    What prior purchase do you have to make to buy a newspaper off the news stand? NOTHING

    I realize that if you look at these comments it would appear that any fool could be online, but if you don’t have the money to purchase the computer in the first place, that sort of negates the whole deal.

  12. alindasue says:

    LeePHill said, “I realize that if you look at these comments it would appear that any fool could be online…”

    I’d say that many a FOOL could be online (you and I included), wouldn’t you say? That’s half the problem.

  13. Internet services are only worthwhile AFTER you pay a few hundred (miminum) for a computer.

    Ignoring the fact that a year’s subscription rate to the TP is $120, at which rate one could also purchase dial-up service, and the afore-menmtioned newsstand price is $240 per year, the glaring question is how many of those 36% actually read the paper.

    My guess is very few.

    As for computers, used boxes are a dime a dozen. If all you need them for is internet access, you don’t need much of a platform.

    But my guess is they’d be turned into game platforms, not information tools.

  14. TNT, please return edit function!!!

  15. Ughhh!!!!

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