Taylor and I wrote a piece about a 8 months ago called “Missing the Link” about how newspapers don’t understand the internet. We’ve shipped it around and had it read by people at the Columbia Journalism Review, New York Times, the Globe, Wired among other places and the feedback has been really positive… but no one will publish it. Seems like the print media isn’t interested in talking about how it is failing to understand and address the biggest threat to its existence.
So while our piece was fairly interesting 8 months ago it is starting to age. Sad.y this hit home last night while watching the Simpsons with Mike and Dawn last night (sidebar: for the first time in ages – not because I don’t like the Simpsons but because I invariably watch “TV” on my computer these days).
The scene opens up with Dan Rather introducing the media panel at the Democratic Party Debate in Springfield (being held in Springfield, and before New Hampshire, for reasons not worth getting into here).
Dan Rather (in an upbeat voice): With me here to comment on today’s democratic debate is Andrea Crowley of CNN, Demonte Evans of Slate Magazine and… (dropping to a semi-derogatory voice) Ron Lahar of the Washington Post.
Nelson pops up
Nelson: Hah Hah, your medium is dying.
Principal Skinner: Nelson…!
Nelson: But it is!
Principal: There’s being right and then there’s being nice.
Ouch. you know things are bad when even the Simpsons are making fun of you. It means your (impending) death has permeated the popular culture.