Comments by rehftmann

Super-rich buy newspapers, but...

Thanks for the news about news. It's a brave new world. Remember that "news" wasn't always brought to us by ad-supported corporations. Truth and profit-driven commerce aren't naturally aligned, so let's not assume our current news industry model is, as the people wearing American flag pins say, "exceptional." San Diegan's got a good dose of professional news (present company excepted) gone bad in the mayoral fiasco. Furthermore, printing newspapers will soon enough seem like a terrible way to treat the environment, cutting down a tree that took years to grow to make land fill that will never be as lovely as a tree, just to show happened yesterday, probably. I show my college typography students Newseum's glorious gallery of the day's front pages on-line, an example of times a-changing. They don't read our newspapers but they certainly do "consume media." They seem impressed by Newseum's lively display of small town enterprise. Editorial and reportorial issues aside, among all the other front pages the U-T just isn't a competitive product. Without getting into the rapidly evolving world of graphic design, there are papers that look like they're worth their cellulose, and our U-T is not among them. News business has always been highly competitive, which promotes evolution. I have no idea what all that news gathering and publishing energy will evolve into, but it won't disappear. People will want to tell their story. Now they don't have to be crazy rich and own a newspaper. They can blog to the world, free. And everybody wants to know what's happening, so quality of information will always be recognized as a value. It will get sorted, billionaires notwithstanding.
— November 10, 2013 6:59 p.m.