The rhetoric over the demise of the print media is certainly heating up right now, between the news from InfoWorld that they will be an exclusive online property, publishing their final print edition.
And then there's the war of words sparked by San Francisco Chronicle columnist David Lazarus, who suggests that newspapers can only survive by charging for online content. And this after a Tim O'Reilly column citing a crisis at the Chronicle. Dan Gillmor and others fired back at Lazarus, especially for his call for an antitrust exemption for newspaper publishers. Arrington weighed in yesterday.
We've certainly seen the collateral damage lately. I was shocked when Fortune laid off Peter Lewis, one of the best personal technology writers out there and he's just one of several solid journalists who are now, as they say, on the beach.
I do get most of my breaking news online these days and it's how I keep up with trends and discussions. But don't tell me I won't have my Times and Journal to read on my train ride to work. On the few days I have to drive in, I can never catch up online to make up for what I missed during my usual commute. I don't want to sit on the train with my laptop or Treo. And don't tell me I won't have my Fortune, Business 2.0 and even Time and Newsweek to read on the couch or in my bed at the end of the day, on a lazy afternoon, on a plane or in a waiting room. Again, forget the laptop or Treo. I want to read the longer stories, learn from the analysis and investigative reporting, look at the pictures, share the articles with friends and family.
Plus have you ever read an article that got you so angry or frustrated that you slammed down the paper or magazine, or perhaps tossed at an unsuspecting spouse/partner who made the bad call and disagreed with you?
It had better be paper.