First there was PBS, will newspapers be next????

First there was PBS, will newspapers be next????

PostBy: rewinder On: Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:46 pm

http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/03/ ... 7F20090324

Sixty days of a new one sided government, it's a gift that keeps on giving-----------------------------
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Re: First there was PBS, will newspapers be next????

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:46 am

The reason newspapers are faltering is because most have had no competition in the past and once it arrived via the internet they have failed to adopt their business model in it's early stages and even at this point many are still far behind. Allowing them to go non-profit will only provide an unfair advantage and lengthen their demise. Let them drop, the gap will be filled by people with better talents for the next generation of news delivery and reporting.

It would be wise for any company to heed this advice, have an internet presence even if it's just a single page website. When the internet come on the scene and even to this day many people look at like it's some kind novelty however it could not be further from the case as new technologies develop. First and foremost it's the single greatest communication device ever invented. As phone numbers and physical addresses go the way of the do-do bird so will these companies without a presence because it's a completely different ball game where the internet is concerned.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe ... tnG=Search
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Re: First there was PBS, will newspapers be next????

PostBy: billw On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:36 am

Absolutely Richard. I read both of our local papers online mostly for the convenience. My wife still buys the Sunday papers for the sale ads. Both sites are free. Papers like the Wall Street Journal have an online subscription. I guess the old saying is true, compete or perish.
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Re: First there was PBS, will newspapers be next????

PostBy: coalkirk On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:46 am

The non-profit newspaper model has already been tried. It was called Pravda.
Technology that doesn't keep up should be allowed to fade away. We didn't turn the telegraph system into a non-profit or the buggy whip manufacturers. This is just a blatant attempt by the democrats to prop up their main propaganda arm.
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Re: First there was PBS, will newspapers be next????

PostBy: Black_And_Blue On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:58 am

The original intent of our newly formed Republic was that Government should be limited and roundly distrusted. Our Nation has severely departed from it's intended course. If you support more Government then you shall reap the fruit that it will bear.

Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
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Re: First there was PBS, will newspapers be next????

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:59 am

Bill, it wasn't to recently that I would go anywhere near the Citizens voice site, matter of fact it was a major complaint I posted on here a few years back. Topic # 159 :D :

The Citizen's Voice website, what a joke.....

Having said that even today it's not that great, the pop ups are dead. I know if you go to the TL site old articles require a subscription..... The CV site is just a template, there have made no effort to actually make something unique. If it were me since you have such a vast archive of material that is one thing I would be focusing on, turning all that material including the vast number of images they possess into an easily searchable database. Make it free and ad supported... If they had done that 10 years ago they would have a very valuable resource on their hands.
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Re: First there was PBS, will newspapers be next????

PostBy: Devil505 On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:03 am

Richard S. wrote:The reason newspapers are faltering is because most have had no competition in the past and once it arrived via the internet they have failed to adopt their business model in it's early stages and even at this point many are still far behind. Allowing them to go non-profit will only provide an unfair advantage and lengthen their demise. Let them drop, the gap will be filled by people with better talents for the next generation of news delivery and reporting.


You won't believe this Richard but I agree! The "Pony Express" died a natural death as technology changed too. Newspapers are dinosaurs.....Let them go peacefully! (My wife doesn't even read paper books anymore....I bought her a Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Amazons-Wi ... d_i=507846 & she loves it....& the books download instantly & are cheaper!
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Re: First there was PBS, will newspapers be next????

PostBy: danzig On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:04 am

That kindle is pretty slick. When that technology cathes on it will be way cheaper in price. This will be the new ipod of books.
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Re: First there was PBS, will newspapers be next????

PostBy: billw On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:15 am

Devil, thanks for that link. I've been wondering why we can't read a book online. I wish they'd make a virtual library where you can download a novel to read. I know there are copyright laws etc that would make it difficult but I'm sure it could be overcome. The local libraries loan books out all the time without copyright infringement.

Hey I could change the font size to 18 so I can read easily. This old age *censored* sucks :)
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Re: First there was PBS, will newspapers be next????

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:30 am

billw wrote:I wish they'd make a virtual library where you can download a novel to read.


Try here:
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
And here:
https://archive.org/index.php

All are in the public domain unless otherwise noted, there's lots of videos and audio too including the infamous "Reefer Madness"

I know there are copyright laws etc that would make it difficult but I'm sure it could be overcome. The local libraries loan books out all the time without copyright infringement.


Ummmmm no. ;) and since no is reading this but watching Reefer Madness and surfing archive.net I don't know why I'm continuing but anyway It's all about licensing and just like you can lend a book, DVD or other copyrighted material to a friend so can the library. the key is that its a single copy. What they can't do is is make a million copies of it... For example when you purchase a DVD what you have purchased is a plastic disc and a license. The content on the disc itself belongs to the copyright holder. That license allows you to view the video in your home. You can't for example charge admission to see it or make copies of it. Matter of fact technically you can't even make a copy of it for your own personal backup.
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Re: First there was PBS, will newspapers be next????

PostBy: Devil505 On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:11 am

danzig wrote:That kindle is pretty slick. When that technology cathes on it will be way cheaper in price. This will be the new ipod of books.


I agree that it's way to expensive but it is super technology! The screen is much easier on the eyes than readingh print off a computer monitor, you can change fonts & sizes, look up definition with the built in Dictionary, browse & download bookjs directly from the Kindle...anywhere..with no computer necessary, & most best sellers are less than $10.00! (my wife likes murder mysteries & many of the books she downloads cost less than $3.00) They let you try out book first...at no charge...by letting you get the first chapter for free!!

I should work for Amazon!!...It's great technology though!
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Re: First there was PBS, will newspapers be next????

PostBy: billlindley On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:39 pm

Newspapers are failing because you can get all the news you need from the Coal Forums!! :D

Not to mention the TV, Internet and Radio.

Watching ESPN the othe rmorning Mike Golic put it best. There was a breaking news story about asomething and Mike goes " hold on don't say it I want to read it tomorrow in the newspaper." :lol:
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