Friday, January 30, 2009
The content crisis is here:
Just three weeks ago, this blog predicted
a content crisis:
I see big problems for all content developers and providers within the next five years. The outcome could be dismal: limited original reporting, less news, less quality content of all types.
It's here in spades with cartoons for alt-weeklies. Tom Tomorrow has a round-up of the depressing news.
2 (Jen Sorensen & Derf)
4 (Lloyd Dangle) "Troubletown still appears in seventeen papers and here on the web." [!]
5 (Max Cannon)
It's rough out there.
Successful and profitable news outlets haven't guaranteed better and more thorough news coverage. (Fox News)
Money-losing media like the Washington Times hasn't folded, either.
If the mainstream media just fell off a cliff, I personally wouldn't lose a night's sleep over that alone. What is scary is what might replace it.
In the meantime, high-quality, low-circulation publications like The Atlantic, Harpers and The New Yorker I presume will survive, as will NPR, the BBC.
Hopefully out-of-work journalists who don't have it in their nature to pursue other careers will put up blogs like Laura Rozen's warandpiece or contribute to Democracy Now.
I may have misunderstood your main point, but I will not shed a tear for the demise of commercial mainstream media, if it happens.
Perhaps with the onset of the Obama administration, that we are all directed to nurture and love, the liberal market for bitter, red-meat political commentary is now gone, especially in cartoon form.
"budget cuts" are often a euphemism.
If it puts those shrill hacks out of business, the recession will all be worth it.