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Newspapers Are Losing Popularity, But They Still Have Power
It will come as no shock that newspapers are losing their reach, seeing subscription numbers and advertising revenue decline by the day. However, newspapers still hold a lot of power. This was never clearer than during the controversy over the NY Post’s recent cover, which showed an image of a man hanging over a subway track, moments before he was crushed to death by an oncoming train. Furthermore, newspapers’ coverage still influences elections and helps sell albums or movie tickets. If newspapers are such a joke, why can they still create such a stir? Mathew Ingram of gigaom.com -- whose name is spelled with only one T due to proofreader layoffs, I assume -- argues that newspapers are one of the few shared experiences remaining in our hyper-niched Internet world.
By Tom Z
December 14, 2012