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  •  Might as well bitch that the telegraph isnt used (0+ / 0-)

    Do we want to keep the pony express in business, when it is obviously cheaper and more efficient to distribute information via the web?

    •  Well, (2+ / 0-)
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      ClevelandEgghead, kurt

      who is going to gather and distribute the info? Little Green Footballs? Daily Kos?

      The pony express was a short-lived effort that was replaced by the more-efficient, and less-expensive, telegraph. That model lasted a long time. Even in WWII, families were notified of casualties by telegram because so few families had telephones.

      That changed, too. As will the newspaper printed model. What has yet to be determined is: will readers still support a model where full-time news gatherers are paid to amass credible, well-sourced stories.

      "Citizen journalism" sounds great in theory, but it's not practical. I don't like to work for free, and I doubt that you do, either.

      What newspaper editors have failed to realize is that, with the internet, news is no longer a "product" that is delivered. It has become a dialogue between news gatherers and readers.

    •  Yes, of course (0+ / 0-)

      to protect the jobs of a few riders who gave their opinions with the mail. Now most people don't give a damn about those opinions... but the riders and owners want to pretend that they do.

      I'd love to see George Will flipping burgers somewhere... hell, I'd pay to see it.

      Tinfoil!'s the new black!

      by mosesfreeman on Sat Jun 06, 2009 at 02:28:38 PM PDT

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