Newsflash: It's really not breaking news, just something important that I forgot to put in the post last night. Here's the link for Anderson's book signings. His book, Dispatches from the Edge is being released in paperback in May. Keep checking, I think they'll be adding more.
I'm going to try something a little different tonight. I'm just going to list some of my thoughts about Friday night's AC360 and hope you'll give me your impressions in comments.
1. I so thought that Anderson was showing us (in the toss from LK) that he remembered to wear his watch on Friday night.
5. The 'sweet Jesus' debate between the artist and the zealot from the Catholic Church made me very uncomfortable. I actually muted it after the name calling began.
6. Awwww, Herbert Getrich....so nice to see his home is almost finished.
7. Finally CNN is starting to cover the MenuFoods poisoned food crisis.
8. Candy Crowley looked hot tonight. Maybe she had a big date? Seriously I love when she's on the show. And where are The Gerg and John King?
9. Poor Wynonna, I thought she'd finally found happiness. Maybe she should have AC's baby?
10. Two new installments in the 'What is a Christian' series during Holy Week. Excellent!
11. I so think that Anderson didn't mean to say 'I'll see you on Monday'. He tried to hold it back and then it was like he thought about it and couldn't figure out a way not to say it. Major Anderstumblage. Should we expect a vacation?
As I was reading through some of my usual webpages today, I came across an interview with Barry Diller, husband of Diane Von Furstenberg, and friend of Anderson's, in Financial Times .com. One of the subjects of the piece was newspapers. Here is an excerpt from the interview:
FT: What do you think the future of newspapers is?
MR DILLER: Its popularity is clearly eroding.
FT: Is it going to fall off a cliff at some point?
MR DILLER: It is not necessary to have a cliff if every year, on the clock, you’re down by 5 to 7 to 10%, so that cliff is just a long decline that is inevitable. Now, is it going to zero? No. Is it sustaining? I think yes. Is it going to be the level of sustenance that is going to allow these news gathering enterprises to continue to put out the product? No, on its own. But, will other ways be found? I certainly think so.
FT: What about the possibility of billionaire owners coming in and old fashioned news organisations becoming like sports teams, a trophy asset?
MR DILLER: Warren Buffett says it earlier and better than I ever could, but he feels that one of the enduring values is going to be that there is going to be vanity owners of some of these still powerful icons, these big journalism brands, and by definition they’re all local and there’s going to be some of that, and that will play out, as it does. For sports it has played out pretty good. They not only have gotten to play or make huge noise, like that guy makes in Mavericks, but they’ve also made a lot of money, because it was economically viable. Now, is that what Sam zell is doing? I doubt it, since he says, I don’t really care about the product, I just want to make money.
Interesting enough as I went through Huffington Post Arianna had written a piece about newspapers today too. Here is a snippet from her article:
I recently went on vacation with a group of friends, all of whom are major users of the web. It's where we get most of our news and information. We were all fully locked and loaded, each of us sporting a bevy of devices allowing us instant access to the net: Blackberries and Helios and Sidekicks and laptops with wireless cards.
And yet, every morning, when we gathered for breakfast, we all brought with us hard copies of our favorite newspapers, freshly-minted off a new machine that makes it possible to print an exact replica of hundreds of different newspapers anywhere in the world.
Looking around at an ink-and-newsprint tableau that could have come out of a 1930s movie or 1950s sitcom, I suddenly wondered, why aren't we all online surfing the net? What is it in our collective DNA that makes us want to sip our coffee, turn a page, look up from a story, say "Can you believe this?", and pass the paper to the person across the table? Sure, you could hand them your Blackberry or laptop...but the instinct is different (and, really, who wants to get butter or marmalade on your new PowerBook?).At that moment, all the endless obituaries I've read about the death of newspapers struck me as rather ludicrous -- or, at the least, extremely premature. Until those of us who came of age before the Internet all die off, there will be a market for print versions of newspapers. It's one of the reasons two new companies, NewspaperDirect and Satellite Newspapers, have come up with remarkable systems that make it possible for you to print a full-sized edition of as many different papers as you like. So there we were, overlooking the Caribbean, and every morning we were able to order up hard copies of the latest edition of a huge selection of papers, including the New York Times, the London Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, even, I admit, the New York Post -- a guilty pleasure.
This is not to suggest that the newspaper business isn't changing in dramatic and painful ways. It clearly is. But, far from being the death knell of daily newspapers and the indispensable journalism they provide, these changes can serve as a wake-up call. A wake-up call the industry, after years of yawning and repeatedly hitting the snooze button, is finally starting to heed. And not a moment too soon.
Those papers that wake up in time will become a journalistic hybrid combining the best aspects of traditional print newspapers with the best of what the Web brings to the table. We're getting a glimpse into this hybrid future in so-called Old Media places like the Washington Post and the New York Times, and from New Media players like Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo sites. And, of course, that's exactly what we're trying to do with the Huffington Post.
There is more behind the link and it would make good reading for a lazy Saturday morning, but I guess what I'm wonder is what's your opinion? It seems to me that those over 40, give or take a few years, prefer having a newspaper to read in their favorite chair, or at the breakfast table. Few, if any, of the 20 somethings that I know appreciate the luxury. I do both. I love my morning newspaper but I also scour the net daily too. I have a feeling Mr. Cooper does the same. What about you?