Prompted by his death, I’ve been slowly picking my way through John Updike’s Rabbit series. Rabbit’s boss Pajasek, upon laying Rabbit off from his job running a printing press drops this note, which would suggests that Craig Newmark, Arianna Huffington, Google and the internet in general are off the hook for the collapse of the […]Read more "John Updike on declining newspaper industry, in 1969"
I began the week annoyed by practices of some newspaper websites, but I’m ending it with praise for the LA Times efforts to involve residents in an effort map the county. Readers have commented on 86 of the 87 neighborhoods we proposed, the one exception being Griffith Park, which has thousands of visitors daily but […]Read more "Mapping LA"
The ongoing fall in newspaper circulation was widely reported earlier this month. What received less attention, at least within my Google Reader universe, is the fact that the numbers for Spanish-language dailies continue to grow. La Opinion, Los Angeles’ Spanish-language daily, is the nation’s fastest growing large paper. While circulation of large dailies dropped 2.9%, […]Read more "La Opinion Grows By Focussing on Community"
So asks Michael Wolff in the latest Vanity Fair, in which he both plugs and details the building of his latest swing at a web venture, Newser. Can the A-word [algorithm] save the news? Because, in its various current forms, the news—as a habituating, slightly fetishistic, more or less entertaining experience that defines a broad […]Read more "“Can the A-word save the news?”"
Since January, La Opinion (the Spanish-language LA daily with perhaps the largest non-English circulation in the U.S.) has been running “Alcalde, yo pregunto…” (Mayor, I ask you…) The paper solicits questions online— I can’t tell if there’s an analog/dead tree component– I bet so. It’s no blog–we can only see the three questions the paper […]Read more "La Opinion’s Ask Antonio"
The Tribune’s Todd Lighty, Laurie Cohen and John McCormickexamined Mayor Daley’s campaign funders going back to his 1979 race for State’s Attorney. Daley’s largest institutional donors, from ’79 through last week, are the unlikely tandem of the Mercantile Exchange and the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Intl. Union. Real estate mogul (and Tribune bidder?) ranks […]Read more "Tribune builds a Daley data base, but won’t let us see it"
Malcolm Gladwell’s fascinating Open Secrets piece on puzzles, mysteries and Enron carries lessons for how we will be managing information in the future. Gladwell’s “inspiration for the piece” was Jonathan Macey’s law review article(pdf) A POX ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES: ENRON, SARBANES-OXLEY AND THE DEBATE CONCERNING THE RELATIVE EFFICACY OF MANDATORY VERSUS ENABLING RULES. Macey […]Read more "Gladwell, Receiver Dependency and Journalism"