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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

There’s an Enormous Change Taking Place in this Country

posted by on September 26 at 7:13 AM

In a recent Q&A, superstar investigative reporter Seymour Hersh had this to say about daily newspapers:

There is an enormous change taking place in this country in journalism. And it is online. We are eventually — and I hate to tell this to The New York Times or the Washington Post — we are going to have online newspapers, and they are going to be spectacular. And they are really going to cut into daily journalism.

I’ve been working for The New Yorker recently since ‘93. In the beginning, not that long ago, when I had a big story you made a good effort to get the Associated Press and UPI and The New York Times to write little stories about what you are writing about. Couldn’t care less now. It doesn’t matter, because I’ll write a story, and The New Yorker will get hundreds of thousands, if not many more, of hits in the next day. Once it’s online, we just get flooded.

So, we have a vibrant, new way of communicating in America. We haven’t come to terms with it. I don’t think much of a lot of the stuff that is out there. But there are a lot of people doing very, very good stuff.

Thanks for the heads up, Tom.

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This is kind of a "No Shit" sort of statement, is it not?

Posted by Suck it Jesus and Mohammed | September 26, 2007 7:30 AM

That man has always had a firm grasp of the obvious.

Posted by Heather | September 26, 2007 7:37 AM

And Josh is what counts as "alternative" media in Seattle? Shit, the Stranger is as mainstream as the PI or the Times.

Posted by Just Me | September 26, 2007 7:48 AM

I hope for Seymour's sake that this interview is from 1998.

Posted by JMR | September 26, 2007 7:52 AM

And what's that thing Hersh is holding in his hand in the picture???

Posted by JMR | September 26, 2007 8:00 AM

Josh, I appreciate your self-referential posts on blogs/newspapers. As for your stylized opinions and arts/sports aesthetic commentaries, it still gets filed under BS:

"appeared to be nothing more"
"aggro statement"
"add fuel to the fire"

if you want to include sophmoric fiction to your reporting, keep it up

Posted by June Bee | September 26, 2007 8:07 AM

Rave on cats, I'm with ya.

Posted by Josh Feit | September 26, 2007 8:13 AM

And don't forget, Seymour, Seattle's favorite non-candidate for president Al Gore invented the replacement of newspapers.

Gotta give him props...that darn Ralph Nader just ruins everything...golly!

Posted by patrick | September 26, 2007 8:38 AM

Who's Tom?

Posted by Levislade | September 26, 2007 8:51 AM

Ignorant hipsters up early. Sy Hersh is out there investigating the plans for Cheney's next war, while you look for new places to post "zzzz" or "yaaawnnn".

Posted by anna | September 26, 2007 9:03 AM

Tell me more of this fascinating com-poo-ter.

Posted by mongo like slog | September 26, 2007 9:29 AM

Patrick @8:

And don't forget, Seymour, Seattle's favorite non-candidate for president Al Gore invented the replacement of newspapers.

Gotta give him props...that darn Ralph Nader just ruins everything...golly!

Sorry, Patrick, to let you in on a little inconvenient truth, but Al Gore never said he invented the Internet. As a member of Congress, however, he did play a critical role in making the Internet the public network it is today. From Vanity Fair:

In the 1970s, the Internet was a limited tool used by the Pentagon and universities for research. As a senator in the 80s, Gore sponsored two bills that turned this government program into an "information superhighway," a term Gore popularized, and made it accessible to all. Vinton Cerf, often called the father of the Internet, has claimed that the Internet would not be where it was without Gore's leadership on the issue. Even former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich has said that "Gore is the person who, in the Congress, most systematically worked to make sure that we got to an Internet."

Posted by cressona | September 26, 2007 9:35 AM

I'm with 10, also, I wouldn't be surprised if Hersh's comments were directed more towards journalists then the public at large, they're the ones that are grasping on anything to justify their jobs right now

Posted by WA | September 26, 2007 9:43 AM

Seymour who?

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 26, 2007 10:18 AM

@12 - this is correct. I was at SFU, and we and UBC used it. Gingrich was just a whiner, Gore actually did stuff.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 26, 2007 10:20 AM

But does he think the horseless carriage will ever really replace the horse in our hearts (and rectums)?

Posted by Kiru Banzai | September 26, 2007 10:36 AM

We're all running our mouths now, making fun of old people that are behind the curve on understanding technology, but in a few decades each of us will be that old, out-of-touch person and the youngsters will be running rings around us.

Not to say we should stop doing it.

Posted by JMR | September 26, 2007 10:55 AM

Texting is so last century.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 26, 2007 11:55 AM

wow, that hadn't even occurred to me.

Posted by Kim | September 26, 2007 12:10 PM

Where do I go to get a copy of this internet thing? It sounds like it's worth checking out!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | September 26, 2007 12:57 PM

The Stranger is light years ahead of the other Newspapers with Slog. We can read about what The Stranger staff ate for dinner last night, and get their commentary on Seattle Arts and Politics. The synergy is there, and Dan Savage as Directing Editor will make The Stranger the new media darling of all America. Props to everyone at The Stranger. The Stranger has found the formula for online infotainment.

Posted by Issur | September 26, 2007 7:47 PM

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