Meet the playful American poet Kenneth Goldsmith, who demonstrates how poetry is all around us -- you just need to open your eyes to it.
"Each day, more than half the world's adult population read a daily newspaper: 2.5 billion in print and more than 800 million in digital form," according to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).
This transformation in the distribution of content is still at a relatively early stage, as the tools for corporations are only now coming into place. But it's obvious this wave will be massive and rapid.
One of the guys on my paper distribution route was a soft-spoken gray-haired guy with big black-framed eyeglasses. Politeness was a rare thing at a place like The Post, and this man always thanked me when I slapped the latest edition down on his desk.
We have seen the rise of a community known as the disgruntled commenter, the one who picks fights, hates the writing, never has anything nice (or productive) to say. But that's the price we pay and, well, I've come to realize it's a relatively small one.
It's quite arresting to see, looking back at THE MEDIA BEAT's earliest days, that Iraq was then still a relatively new war.
How can media firms strategize, plan budgets, and decide where to allocate their resources effectively?
When I wrote five years ago that the San Jose Mercury News was in trouble, I had no idea what trouble was. The peril for the paper of Silicon Valley has certainly intensified since then.
The tragedy is that people no longer know how to distinguish solid reporting from speculation, from regurgitation or, frankly, from just plain drivel.
We should be able to pay for the form we want it in, including how it is distributed. I would gladly pay to have a papergirl or boy deliver the paper on the right day in the right way, and I would tip for that privilege.
It's easy for a journalist to tweet snide remarks about PR people, but our symbiotic relationship should not be overlooked.
The Internet has long and glibly been cited as virtually the only reason for the sector's decline. But in fact, business reporters (they fear antagonizing their bosses) generally fail to note the huge and destructive impact (to journalism anyway) of public ownership.
I thought I was witnessing the end of an era, the death of an institution. It turned out that, 10 years ago, I actually was witnessing the end of an era while living through the formative stages of another.
I looked toward the source of the irritating sound. A woman, who was busy listening to something on her laptop, earphones clamped to her head, sat in the chair beside me. I hope she has a tissue, I thought. I hope she blows her nose.
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