Daily Beast Newsweek Collage
(Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC)
Bob Garfield, co-host of On the Media and author of The Chaos Scenario, and Stephen Shepard, founding dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, discuss the demise of the print edition of Newsweek and what it means for journalism.
Do you think there is a trend in this country for intelligent people to stop reading the biased reporting coming from these elites. When you turn off 50% of the country with your drivel, what are the chances this is the cause of the collapse of most liberal media forms including newspapers, networks and periodicals. I have a masters degree in business and economics. I have stopped reading and watching all of it - how can you trust to be true anything containing misleading info positioned as fact or truth? I note this week that NYT missed its earnings estimate - maybe they should try to recruit that 50% back rather than arguing they don't have a bias.
Here is the problem with Newsweek:
Look at the New Yorker. Would the educated, informed, sophisticated EDITORS of the New Yorker read the stuff in the magazine? The answer is YES.
Now look at Newsweek. The position the editors take is ELITIST in the worst sense. That is: “We superior people will tell the masses what ATTITUDES they should hold."
Would the editors read this drek? Of course not.
People are getting disgusted with this attitude and have stopped reading this DREK.
To me the question is not whether or not charge, but how. Would I buy a subscription? No. Would I pay nickel to read past the first paragraph? yes, over and over again.
It's way past time for some major content creators to get together on a standard for micro-payments with a large enough potential user base to take hold and proliferate, perhaps with some input from the IETF, W3C, and the Treasury Dept.
I would browse the mag rack at the bookstore every Sunday for about 20 minutes, buying only one. The cost increase (retail over subscrip) was worth it to be able to pick from any one of them. Then Borders closed, LOL.
content is free! it's being generated all the time. What the man said earlier was true: if it's good, then it will survive. Who is he talking about that has been funding the falsely-free internet? Everyone pays for access, then the content has been created organically. Just like the music industry, the news industry is late in changing, and now angry.
To survive these days, seems like current events rags have to provide excellent depth (The Economist) or breadth (The Week).
For years I read both Newsweek and TIme faithfully. I drifted away a few years ago. Both magazines are so insubstantial now that they really don't justify a 5 dollar price. A couple of years back Newsweek had a design overhaul and all the changes were a step backwards. It became cheaper looking and it became hard to distinguish editorial from advertising. Newsweek didn't die it committed suicide.
yeah, i'm sick of the presidential coverage. Seriously anyone who's undecided by now needs to stay home on election day.
Print is going by the way of the retail store - online.I minimize my amazon.com shopping. why give the online guy an advantage over the retailer.
Brian, can you find out what percentage of US advertising dollars now go to internet content versus "traditional" media?
Was the Newsweek 20-Aug-2012 "Obama's Gotta Go" flap a Hail Mary pass to try to save everything at the last minute?
2 Segments in a row that are NOT about the Presidential race! Thank you so much.
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