Caught up with Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist immediately after his panel organized by iWantMedia today in Manhattan.
He told me that while his company has had "an effect on newspapers," the notion that it has killed newspapers is "urban legend."
New York Times media columnist David Carr was on hand at the event. After I spoke with Newmark, I asked David if Craig killed newspapers. He said the list shot their "back-end off" but didn't blame Newmark.
If you haven't watched one-hour the panel, check it out. Great to watch Nick Denton and Wall Street Journal Deputy Managing Editor Allan Murray go at. Newmark is a hoot. This was shot at the NYU TV studio and streamed via Livestream. It is running in a realtime loop here (scroll down the page to see the player.)
Congratulations to Patrick Phillips, founder of iWantMedia for putting together such a superb program and doing such an ace job at moderating.
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