Episode 51: The Death of Newspapers

The life and death of the American newspaper is the main discussion topic for this episode. Noah and Eddie also respond to listener feedback from the last episode, which leads to a brief discussion of Snow Leopard.

Lame List nominations are given to machine-based translation services and Radio Shack’s ill-advised new marketing campaign.

Picks include Radiolab and DJ Earworm.


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    I really enjoyed the discussion about the newspaper industry – and I have to agree OregonLive.com is garbage. Aren’t there other BlahBlahLive.com sites based on the same software? I seem to remember seeing a clone someplace. At any rate OregonLive.com pales in comparison to the actual Oregonian – I think they would be better off without a web site. OregonLive is ugly, difficult to use, annoys you with dumb popups asking for demographic information, and is basically useless.

    Noah, I think you were hypothesizing that if a significant number of major newspapers (if not all) banded together in creating a subscription only service that it may entice users to subscribe either in print or digitally…you argued that you’d consider it. To add a sliver of anec-data I wouldn’t even give it a second thought. I haven’t subscribed to a newspaper in nearly 10 years.

    I am curious how well major newspapers are doing on the Kindle and if that type of electronic publishing has a profitable future.

    Regarding Rosetta – OS X 10.6 (OS X.6?) will download and install Rosetta automatically when you launch an app which requires it. I run an ancient, beardy copy of Adobe Illustrator which triggered the install. It downloaded, installed, and then Illustrator ran just fine.

    Thanks for the free entertainment. (won’t someone think of the podcast industry?)

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