You need a newspaper

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  1. Steve-Is it possible that papers are losing readers because they are trying to be “relevant” (a horrible word from the 1960s)? They want to appeal to an imaginary demographic that they can sell to advertisers. This ideal idiot is a 29 year old millionaire who spends thousands on electronics, computers, shoes, vacations, restaurants, movies, DVD’s, real estate, etc.The trouble is this person doesn’t exist in great numbers. So the papers get dumber with more Hollywood stories, more articles about how to improve “me” and my body, more stories about children, food, travel, wine coolers, etc. and less about the world and the hard international and governmental stories that used to make up the newspaper.The national TV news is a good example of how stupidity and an incuriousity about the rest of the planet is actually driving young Americans away.

  2. …and then the L.A. Times pulled themselves out of Chatsworth today, vacating 26 acres and firing over a hundred people. I guess all that Westside coverage failed to make them relevant over here in the valley.Andrew, the fact of the matter is that most people turn to magazines (Newsweek, Time, New Yorker) for hard international and government stories because they cover them expertly in a way that newpapers really cannot these days. And frankly, more people are interested in feature stories and human interest (Column One in the Times) than they’ve ever been – probably because they get their hard news on the internet or magazines, and because well, the news just isn’t that good with the Repugs in power these days, is it?

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