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April 27, 2007

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Varg

There are two ways of looking at it.

1.) These book editors have worked their whole careers in the newspapers learning every nuance of style, and put up with sales managers encroaching on their space and whacked -out letters to the editor to aspire to their positions only to have some noodle with a keyboard who couldn't write their way out of a paper bag come by and start calling him or herself the future of media and that newspapers are dead (present company excluded of course).

2.) These newspaper editors fail to be agile with the coming of the times and make themselves more relevant on the blogger's home territory by covering so many more books (and even other stuff) than could possibly be attained on their tiny sections of the Sunday paper. Like the dinosaurs, they fail to adapt and become extinct. Nature makes its choice.

Jeff

Both are valid, Varg, but the problem as I see it is that with number 1, there is not much that can be done about it. The dam has been opened, the valley is flooding. Time to run for new grounds. I know it sucks and I feel bad for the career folks but you can look around the great big blue marble and find many, many jobs that some form of technology or other has caused to disappear or change and I don't think the book reviewer or newspaper person is immune from that.

Varg

True in the case of book reviewers, since it's a lot to do with taste and opinion, there is less harm done than with news where some bloggers are playing fast and easy with the truth. that's another argument all together though.

You are certainly right in your post, but don't expect the codgers to go down without a fight. If the media companies got behind them and promoted the expansion into the digital realm, they may stand a fighting chance.

What's going to happen to the crossword puzzle in all this?

Brian Hadd

Petitions are voiced, you sight. We can be one Syntax of Things!

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Sylvia

You can't really put a hold on anyone's opinion and blogging just goes to prove that. There may be criticism but I guess it makes sense that bloggers try to provide their best and that the media gets used to the idea of instant publication.

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Richard

Jeff, how can you say that petition signing won't work? I know my petition to Fox to bring back "The O.C." will get our favorite show on the air again! If only enough people sign! The big shots have to listen!

Richard

Also, don't forget how our online petition stopped Bush from invading Iraq in 2003. Once Kurt Vonnegut signed, he had to listen!

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