Athens, GA (Feb 27, 2009) - Looking back on it now, the decision by the Rocky Mountain News to live twitter the funeral of a 3-year old boy should have just shouted "jumping the shark." But who knew back in September 2008 that today, February 27, 2009 would be the last day that the presses would be rolling for that newspaper?
Yes, today will be the last day the Rocke Mountain News gets published after nearly 150 years of service. It should be a sad day for everyone, because it will not be the last newspaper that will have to fold. Forget the Internet, for without newspapers and their trained journalists, we all lose.
of The Rocky Mountain News says it all.
Some newspapers like the Atlanta-Journal Constitution will deserve their fate as they have dumbmed down their content so much that it has become a mockery of an institution. But those newspapers who have not lost their way like the Washington Post and the New York Times need to survive and be read, because they do make a difference, even if you do ot like their editorial slant.
We need to start paying for newspaper content on-line, as written in a recent Time Magazine essay. We have got to end this expectation of the free lunch on the Internet. It takes time, people, and money to produce the content. Advertising alone will not pay the bills.
We may not like it when web sites like ESPN takes content and puts it behind a paid wall. But it is a business decision that has to be made. Whether you find value in paying for content by writers such as Andy Katz and other writers is up to you.
And there is a bottom line simple question we need to face up to. Has the Internet really made life better for we as people? Sure, it may have made life simpler in a lot of ways. But how do we weigh those benefits against cyber-stalking, identity theft, cyber-fraud, and increased organized crime activities in the ether?
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