Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I've Left the MSM far Behind

I stopped my subscription to the San Diego Union over a year ago. I don't get any magazines, either. Recently, I was at a little Chinese take-out restaraunt waiting for my order and picked up a copy of the Union lying on a table. As I looked through it, I couldn't understand why they had printed so many articles I didn't want to read.

It was an irrational, instantaneous, emotional reaction, but it made me realize that my reading habits have changed forever. In the mornings, I sit down at my computer and go read the things I'm interested in. I look at fianancial news, stories about the New Orleans Saints, news from the cultural war in Europe and so on.

I compose my own newspaper from a wide variety of sources. There's no way a static newspaper could provide me what I want. The slide of the Mainstream Media (MSM) is irreversible. They have an inferior product because they make it too hard to get what I'm looking for. Michelle Malkin, Bill Roggio and Michael Yon are frequently held up as examples of just why the MSM is doing so poorly. A much better example to hold up is the front page of your local newspaper.


Kelly the little black dog said...

Don't you still read the Wall St. Journal?

K T Cat said...

Yes, but only on line. I used to get the paper version when I went on travel, but I don't do that any more.

The WSJ recently restructured their print paper and reduced the size and number of pages. I've been trying to do some research for a blog post on future demand for paper products. You'd think that the print media's woes would lead for reduced demand for paper.