Thursday, January 22, 2009

Black and White
and Blogged All Over

A story in today's New York Times is a perfect example of a world gone mad.

A printed newspaper. Full of blogs. According to the Times:
The Printed Blog, a Chicago start-up, plans to reprint blog posts on regular paper, surrounded by local ads, and distribute the publications free in big cities.

This will work, in the words of its creator, because it combines the best of both print and online worlds. Huh?

A new kid on a busy block. If nothing else, it demonstrates how confused the media models are out there, but it also shows yet another way people will pick up bits and pieces of news (or pseudo-news), which in turn influences their knowledge about public affairs.

Gonna be a weird paper. Most blogs are reactive, posting about what the authors have seen or read in other, usually mainstream, media. A newspaper about stuff gleaned from blogs in reaction to stuff the author's read probably in a newspaper or its online site? Seems odd to me, but hell, these days ya never know what's gonna work.

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