What We Lose When Newspapers Die
Models for reviving the newspaper industry continue to flood the blogosphere with today's Times roundtable of media experts including two Big Think guests.
Regarding the smaller papers which are folding like a line of dominoes, Columbia School of Journalism Dean and Nicholas Lemann notes, we should realize what we are mourning. Most small or regional papers did little more than deliver content. Quality, writ large, took a backseat and slipped across the board over the recent years of newsroom cutbacks. At the local level, sub-par writing was to some extent acceptable as town and city papers served as a vital conduit for public information. At the national level, not so. Any media consumer with a modicum of acuity will not shed a tear when USA Today, for example, folds. To the tumult over the imminent changes facing media, let's add another: the US is the only country on earth facing such a tide of newspaper shutterings. Could foreign models, where many papers are state-subsidized, readerships far more loyal, and viewpoints more politically diverse, mark a way forward?
Could this be the long-awaited solution to economic inequality?
Under capitalism, the argument goes, it's every man for himself. Through the relentless pursuit of self-interest, everyone benefits, as if an invisible hand were guiding each of us toward the common good. Everyone should accordingly try to get as much as they can, not only for their goods but also for their labour. Whatever the market price is is, in turn, what the buyer should pay. Just like the idea that there should be a minimum wage, the idea that there should be a maximum wage seems to undermine the very freedom that the free market is supposed to guarantee.
Humans evolved to live in the cold through a number of environmental and genetic factors.
- Behavioral and dietary changes also helped humans adapt to cold climates.
It's unlikely that there's anything on the planet that is worth the cost of shipping it back
- Privatized mining on both Mars and the Moon is likely to occur in the next century
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