foto: Bruno Espadana

26 março 2008

#  Estar à beira do precipício e dar um passo em frente

Eric Alterman, sobre a crise da imprensa escrita (The New Yorker, edição desta semana):
[...] In the Internet age [...] no one has figured out how to rescue the newspaper in the United States or abroad. Newspapers have created Web sites that benefit from the growth of online advertising, but the sums are not nearly enough to replace the loss in revenue from circulation and print ads.
Most managers in the industry have reacted to the collapse of their business model with a spiral of budget cuts, bureau closings, buyouts, layoffs, and reductions in page size and column inches. Since 1990, a quarter of all American newspaper jobs have disappeared. The columnist Molly Ivins complained, shortly before her death, that the newspaper companies’ solution to their problem was to make “our product smaller and less helpful and less interesting.” [...]

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