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Decline of Legacy Media, Rise of the Conservatives?

Posted in Journalism, Media criticism, Publishing, Uncategorized
For the legacy news media, the bad news just keeps on coming.  In recent days, for instance, the Pew Research Center released a piece titled “The Declining Value of U.S. Newspapers,” chronicling the extraordinary decline in the purchase and sale price of major U.S. dailies. Some of the examples given are so extreme they look… Continue Reading

We Are Not Charlie. We Are Weak.

Posted in First Amendment, Free speech, Journalism, Media criticism, Publishing, Uncategorized
The worst aspect of the Charlie Hebdo affair is that human beings were murdered for practicing free speech.  A distant second is the way this affair, and the earlier hacking of the Sony Pictures studio, has exposed the pieties and inadequacies of so much of the media. Speaking the other day at the Consumer Electronics… Continue Reading

Dropping George Will Is a Bad Way To Arrest That Subscriber Decline, Post-Dispatch

Posted in First Amendment, Free speech, Journalism, Media criticism, Publishing
Even as such things are becoming commonplace, the sacking of George Will’s syndicated column by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sets a new low in mainstream journalism’s race to the bottom. In case you’re unfamiliar with the situation, Will wrote a piece (“Colleges become the victims of progressivism”) in which he ridiculed, in the context of… Continue Reading

More on Newspapers and Aggregators

Posted in Copyright, Digital technology, Journalism, Media competition, New Media, Publishing
If newspapers ultimately survive, they might owe a debt of gratitude not only to Rupert Murdoch (as Patrick Maines suggested here recently), but also to two brothers who have combined their expertise in economics and the law to analyze the problem and come up with a potential solution. As I wrote here earlier this month,… Continue Reading

The Threat to Free Speech Is Just Across the Border

Posted in First Amendment, Journalism, Libel, Media jurisprudence, Publishing
Note to American journalists: Step across the border into Canada and you will give up every vestige of your right to free speech and free press. If you write a piece that someone finds offensive or that merely hurts his feelings, you may end up facing trial before one of Canada’s “human rights” tribunals that… Continue Reading