Give my regards to broadsheets

“I’m tired of people who just want papers to die,” says Lileks, and not just because he works for one:

It is not necessarily a sign of advanced intelligence to wish the end of a community journal. The web can replicate news, but it can’t replicate newspapers.

I’m also growing tired of hectoring lectures from people whose entire career seems devoted to telling newspapers what to do, but who can’t write in a voice that isn’t humorless, tendentious, and filled with self-regard because they saw this coming a year or two before anyone else. If you made these people write newspapers, they’d fail even faster.

I mention this because (1) I have several newspaper guys who actually read my humorless, tendentious, self-regarding stuff and (2) I recently renewed my subscription for another year and would like to get the whole 52 weeks’ worth if possible.

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    8 July 2009 · 8:27 am

    I’ve had a grudge against the entire newspaper industry ever since the Sacramento Union that I knew and loved folded back in the early ’90s. I figure it’s the least harmful irrational hatred I could run with, since apparently everybody has to have at least one and I’ve outgrown my childhood phobias about spiders and thunderstorms.

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