I will miss a few of the serious journalists like Nippert and Fisher, and I’ll see how that goes over time. But I could never contribute to any media company which continues to publish reguritated brain farts from the likes of the Hoskings and the Sopers. I just couldn’t.
Quite. And I doubt I will actually miss anything good because everything gets re-shared, reshaped, repeated, etc on blogs and social media. I feel a little bit guilty that people did good work and didn't get paid properly for it, but that's really not my fault, and no amount of paying the Herald will fix it. I don't know what will but I'm damned sure it won't be this.
Sorry to bring the Pedant Patrol down, it’s a personal bugbear…
Hey… I helped raise a wonderful grammar fanatic – it’s already filed under ’beneficial learning experience / don’t do that again’. Meanwhile, here’s a snapshot of The Herald’s “Opinion” page right now.
Soper has a go at twisting a Greens’ success into something involving vermin (the rats must be important because they get two mentions in the headline), Hawkesby shits on Victim Support because she can, and who can tell which self-delusional character Hosking is playing today.
Would I help to fund the media company which gives voice to this sort of uninformed tripe, day after day? Nah. It would feel like I was paying to put petrol in Hosking’s Ferrari.
[ That Oxford comma caused some angst Ian, I can tell you. ]
everything gets re-shared, reshaped, repeated, etc on blogs and social media
Paywalls thwart that.
Blogs are on the road to oblivion.
People said that about newspapers 20 years ago. And it's probably still true but they have had remarkable legs. Blogs are not as popular as Twitter, certainly, but they still sit there are very low cost ways for people to generate content they are in 100% control over, so I don't see them disappearing. I'll still read the good ones regardless of the supposed inevitability of history. Probably they have to be social media savvy to drive audiences to them, but I'm yet to see any social media that can deliver a high quality discussion, and I don't think the desire for that will disappear from this earth for good.
When an important person says something stupid on twitter, which could inflame hatred and anger, its gets published in the news paper.
It used to be called gossip, and it was denigrated as useless. The funny thing is the purpose it serves isnt well understood or is lost in the mists of time. Its a leveler, the ultimate humanizer. An otherwise important person says something incredibly stupid/dumb/lazy ( say the king) it gives everyone a laugh he becomes just like the rest of us, another fool bumbling through life no better just better off.
The part that is lost is the speaker is supposed to learn from it as well, just a little bit of humility with each idiotic utterance. That part is glossed over, now its the double down. Never admit to being wrong or in Donald Trumps case admit to being anything other than a perfect embodiment of human intellect. Poor fool, I would pity him if he wasnt such a danger.