Monday, October 27, 2008

funeral for a friend

It's hard to watch a loved one die a slow and painful death.

You know that Martin Niemoller thing about "first they came for (name of group), and I did nothing, because I wasn't one of them," and by the time it was his turn, there was no one left to save him? That's what's happening to newspapers. It just keeps getting worse and worse. A paper in NJ has just canned 40 PERCENT of its newsroom staff. The Los Angeles Times, formerly a really good paper, just got rid of another 75 editorial employees -- their second round of cuts this year.

Ugh. I don't even want to think about it. It's all just too fricking depressing. When something happens and there are no reporters left, o brilliant American public, who is going to save you?

Now playing: The Gabe Dixon Band - Ever After You
via FoxyTunes

1 comment:

Engineering Goddess said...

Gads that is worse than the energy sector in a downturn with percentages like that. I don't know what the answer is. People don't read anymore - they can't even read simple instructions. I don't learn that way and I'd much rather read a newspaper than watch a newscast on TV. I soak up more information by reading than by "half-listening" to the TV. The only thing is I wish the newspapers would send a small gremlin to my house once a week to gather all the newspapers and throw them away! :)