For some reason, I typically know 90 percent of the people who comment on my blog. Well, "for some reason" typically is I write posts for certain people and beg them to comment, but Jekyll's comments have come totally out of the blue, and for an unsolicited commenter, he's freaking good.
Here's his latest on my favorite new topic, the now dead Sitting Duck:
Yeah, it's too bad the Sitting Duck was so poorly executed and generally sophomoric, although that can be done well too, except it wasn't. It seemed like it could have been a good publication if it really tried.And, a few minutes later, he reposts:
But hey, why does it have to be The Olympian, or any other newspaper for that matter, that brings these issues to the forefront. Newspapers are dying, so wtf now?
And to follow up on that thought ...
Is an alternative publication really even viable in the Olympia market? Seriously. I'm not questioning the need for one but the print model takes loads of cash and a few good martyrs. That was in better days. Now, it's just not viable. The advertising market was shifting away from print long before the current economic downturn and the cash cow of classifieds has long since disappeared since Craig's List.I'm not sure what the answer is, but I'm sure I'm going to be thinking about it more now.
So everyone can be a publisher now with the internet but it takes a certain level of professionalism to do it well and who is going to spend the horrendous amounts of time to do good investigative pieces for FREE? Google's CEO was just bemoaning this ironically enough but also saying they won't try to prop up the dying print industry, even though they could, because the industry is no longer economically viable. Everybody wants the news, everybody wants an alternative voice but no one wants to pay for it due, in large part, to Google.
Seriously, what is the answer?
Here's the rest of Jim's recent comments:
Jim on New media outcroppings
Jim on the shrinking capitol press corp
He's obviously someone familiar with being a reporter or editor, maybe one of the dozens of recently unemployed newsroom people sadly let go in the last year. Either way, he's a sharp mind, and I wouldn't mind it much if he set up shop and start spewing his own blog. Though, I have a feeling that he wouldn't like having to do it for free.
Which does sort of get to Jim's central question, how we move past the current model of journalism and into what we'll have next. I'm thinking it revolves around two things: freedom of association (that bastard step child of political freedoms) and the good ol'Pioneer and Democrat.
Anyone catch my drift?