Thursday, December 4, 2008

Epic Fishwrap Fail

The Rocky is on the rocks.

"The paper is caught in a complex and fast-changing media world..."

I.E. - too hidebound to get truly web-savvy.



Brian Summers said...

OK, Doogman, this is an arena in which we have disagreed for years. You, on the one hand, seem to cheer on the demise of any non-electronic media, being the chiphead you are. I, on the other hand, am a traditionalist, ready to gloat when the electricity goes out and you're trapped in your all-electric house. You gonna read that online book by candlelight? ;-} Now, I've never been a fan of the Rocky or the Post. When I had a subscription, it was to the Boulder Camera, and it's a pretty second-rate rag anyway. But they're all tactile. I can read them in the bathroom or wherever. I mourn the loss of any newspaper—or any piece of culture that is of a simpler time. A time before the gotta-have-it-now expediency of the 21st century. I don't begruge electronic advances (witness my use of this medium that I am communicating with you right now), but there's gotta be some allowances for quality within this quantity-driven society. Which brings me to the bottom line for the reason the Rocky is going under: the legacy of the Bush regime. So much quality in the form of culture and lifestyle has been crushed under the jackboot of the criminals who are finally being run out of office. The sad thing is that much of the damage will never be repaired—damage to the planet and its inhabitants. It will be generations before all the damage is catalogued and assessed. The quality of life of our children and their children has been irreparably damaged by those felons. May they rot in Hell.

Doogman said...

:-D and a civil disagreement it's been. I have to confess I've never been much of a newspaper enthusiast, despite it's sometimes outstanding content. If they'd just use a DECENT paper and NON-SMEARING INK I'd be fine with it. Seems to me newspapers have stubbornly stayed in the 18th century with backwards, barbaric technology when they could be producing and archiving their content online and using high-quality printing to SHOWCASE good stories. Here's hoping the reborn Rock tries a few new directions, I'd like to see a newspaper online AND a print version good enough to bind and save.

Brian Summers said...

Yeah, unfortunately, due to the sheer amount of newspapers, they can't put a lot of money into materials. They pretty much have to be instantaneously biodegradable—a built-in disadvantage. Although even the most smalltown bi-weeklys are online. Damned if you do and damned if you don't in today's fast-paced society. I suppose it's just a matter of time before you'll be able to get the latest news chipped directly to your brain. And I mean YOUR brain, Doogman, not mine. Can't stop progress, I guess. 8-D