Thursday, August 06, 2009

A few questions for people smarter than me

If "socialized medicine" is as demonic as the scaremongering we keep hearing, why do we subject Our Heroes in the military to it rather them just letting them thrive in our wonderful health care system like everyone else?

If network television affiliates, commercial radio stations and most weekly and monthly newspapers are able give away their content free to end users and still make a profit based on advertising revenues, why does this model not translate to daily newspapers? Why is daily print the singular exception to this model?

Why are people who want their content via online dailies treated as freeloaders, but people who get their content via over-the-air television or radio or weekly or monthly newspapers are treated as valued audience members?

I understand newspapers don't want to collapse but is calling your audience cheapskates the smartest way to thrive... or survive? I don't have a single magic bullet for how newspapers can thrive (though I do have several suggestions) but is blaming your community for not recognizing your brilliance really that magic bullet?

Post-Star editor Ken Tingley's recent blog entry must on newspapers going back to the failed model of paid websites. He seemed to suggest that his paper is considering the same. The lead story on the website of his local upstate New York daily at this moment is "Aussie koala that survived fires dies in surgery." Would you pay "Glens Falls' Hometown Newspaper" (or "Saratoga's Hometown Newspaper"), depending on where you saw the billboard) to read featured content like this?

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