I’m perplexed by Sydney Schanberg’s latest in the Village Voice, lamenting a future in which the Internet has supplanted newspapers. “[T]he puzzlement,” he asks, “is where will the new digital providers of information get their fresh news?” And though Schanberg swears his intent is not to slam the bloggers, be aware that you will find the obligatory reference to pajamas.
I assume — I hope — that the “new digital providers of information” will be newspapers, transformed and perhaps revitalized by their move to an all-digital or almost-all-digital incarnation. Of course, the biggest ongoing story in journalism right now is who’s going to pay the bills. But that’s what we’re all trying to figure out.
Schanberg concludes with a laundry list of important stories broken in recent weeks by the Old Media, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, National Journal, the Washington Post, The Nation and Rolling Stone.
Uh, Mr. Schanberg — did you have the print versions of every one of those publications? Or did you read some of them on, you know, the Internet?