Peter Kafka

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The Real Victims of the Newspaper Collapse

The Onion is on to something here. There’s something about big stacks of newspapers that appeals to a certain kind of person–I used to work with one of them, and actually, come to think of it, I kind of was one of them–and the creative destruction the Web has wrought has no upside for those folks.

You can’t build a wall around your cubicle using Google News and Craigslist.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald