Among the biggest media stories going, it surely seems to me, is the end of the New York Times. The verities not just of journalism but of the establishment itself -- nurtured, and in part created, by the New York Times -- necessarily change. This seemed so large to me that, not too long ago, I proposed the Times' decline and fall as a natural book topic. The response among various publishers was practically unanimous: Not enough people would be interested.
It's just the last of the Times Mohicans. Everybody else has moved on.
That is why it will be a minor-most story that, yesterday, the Times announced a paring of 100 jobs and salary cuts of 5%. What this is, of course, is the first of many stages of cuts, which, doled out piecemeal as they have been at every paper across the nation, will reduce the Times to an imitation of itself. If few people care about the end of the Times, fewer still will notice that it is ending.
This seems like tragedy but is probably not.
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