Monday, April 13, 2009

One Big Reason Newspapers are Dying

US weighs fate of surviving Somali pirate

CNN - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Terry Frieden WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Federal law enforcement authorities are discussing what to do with the lone surviving pirate captured Sunday off Somalia's coast after a successful military rescue abruptly ended a five-day hostage standoff at sea.
'3 Rounds, 3 Dead Bodies' Washington Post

I cut and pasted the paragraph above from Google news. There is no question that this is an important story that people around the world will want to read. But did we really need 15,000 plus sources publishing the same or similar stories? If we really do want that much choice, the paying public will find a way to fund it. However, I suspect that a lot of the energy used to create those 15,000 "posts" could be used more profitably. Competition is great. Fifteen thousand competitors might be a bit much.
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