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The question posed over at Friendfeed asks, “Are blogs killing newspapers?”
The answer, quite simply, is no they are not.
I have talked about the newspaper industry quite a lot and part directions with many others in the new media space. In a world of absolute positions staked by nearly everyone, that paint issues in stark contrasts of black and white with no grey in between, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that if blogs are successful over newspapers in some area, then they must be killing the newspaper across the board.
In my old age of nearly 33, I’ve learned something in this life. That absolutes are generally far from absolute. The passion that is put forward by belief in something is enough to cause issue-oriented myopia, wherein it is impossible to consider other possible alternatives.
Thus is the case when the question is posed, “Are blogs killing newspapers?”
Let me pose both sides of the argument.