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Monday, June 30, 2008

Today in the Slow Death of Newspapers

posted by on June 30 at 11:15 AM

Recall Martin Gee, the San Jose Mercury News designer Jen posted about last April.

Gee keeps a great—if depressing—flickr account called “reduction in force,” with haunting photo essays of desolate newsrooms emptied out by layoffs and buyouts.


They look like archaeological sites—the detritus of human life left behind when the humans have been wiped out.


Gee has become one of the ghosts from his own photographs.

He just got laid off.

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Posted by Mr. Poe | June 30, 2008 11:24 AM

Poe, it is serious.

Any Americans who think that a serious decrease in a free press, an advocacy press, that is so integral to this nation is a good thing is the GOVERNMENT.

Without a watchdog, who is going to hold them accountable and report to the public?

A ragtag band of BLOGGERS?????? Non-trained hacks who are usually sourced by what is left of the collapsing bigger bureaus?

Posted by Non | June 30, 2008 11:47 AM

It can't be "oh haaaaahaaaa Newspapers are evil and they are dying off....they're MADE OF PAPER!! haaahaaaa"

when the actual implications to Democracy are so, so great.

Posted by Non | June 30, 2008 11:49 AM

How does this work again? Let's see:

1) I remind you that the Stranger calls itself a "newspaper"

2) Brandon threatens me here

OK, waiting...

Posted by Tick Tock | June 30, 2008 11:53 AM

1) I know The Stranger is a newspaper. For the whateverth time: I'm commiserating, not gloating.

2) I don't think suggesting you to call me at my office (it's 206-323-7101, in case you've forgotten) constitutes a threat.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | June 30, 2008 12:05 PM

I called Friday at 2 like I said I would, but was put through to your voice mail.

@12. The only nerve you hit was the one frayed by cowards sniping behind pseudonyms. Think you're a tough guy? Give me a call: 206-323-7101.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | June 26, 20

Posted by Pseudonym is my middle name | June 30, 2008 12:46 PM

All the crap in the cubicles makes it look like the end of the workday, not that a bunch of people have been laid off. Unless my workplace is among a very few that clear people's crap out when they quit or are fired.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 30, 2008 1:50 PM

I'm all for journalism.

But a huge issue here is the classifieds section and the revenue it no longer brings in, no?

It's kinda hard to demonize autotrader, Craigslist and ebay for all of this.

BTW, how many newspaper readers really cared about the JOURNALISM? Comics, sports, recipes, there are a hundred reasons for most folks to read the paper, and a great man of them aren't involving... citizenship.

Posted by CP | June 30, 2008 5:42 PM

I meant to type "a great many." I hope no angry lesbian on an unmuffled motorcycle is mad at me now...

Posted by CP | June 30, 2008 5:44 PM

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