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Posts Tagged ‘James Surowiecki’

Let’s Talk More About the End of The New York Times

nyt-building.jpgThe likelihood that the New York Times is suddenly going to cease printing by May, even in this accelerated bad economy, are none, to less than none. However(!) that isn’t going to stop everyone from talking about it endlessly &#151 apparently it’s the new ‘web is killing print’ and/or ‘Google is killing journalism’ conversation. To wit: over at the NewYorker.com James Surowiecki picked up on Felix Salmon‘s post about why The Atlantic article that started the NYT end times ball rolling makes very little sense.

The New York Times is not a small newspaper. It has an enormous display-advertisement inventory, and sells most of it at high rates. It’s also incredibly well placed to go national, as smaller papers close, and become a replacement for people who’ve lost their local paper and who shudder at the prospect of ever reading USA Today.

Meanwhile over at Poynter Online Rick Edmonds concurs that the story has “flunked the basic math.”

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James Surowiecki Launches New Blog at The New Yorker

Timing is everything! So, in light of the ever-deepening financial crisis, what better time for The New Yorker‘s resident business expert James Surowiecki to become the latest addition to the New Yorker‘s line up of blogs. Starting this week Surowiecki will be penning the Balance Sheet. And it seems to be a good fit — Surowiecki has filed a number of lengthy posts since Wednesday, complete with embedded videos. This from his inaugural post:

The only other thing I’ll say by way of introduction is that the economics and business blogosphere that I hope I’ll become a part of is extraordinarily rich and engaging, featuring a fantastic mix of academics, practitioners, and journalists. The substance and rigor of the thinking on display every day is amazing, and I hope can add something meaningful to that ongoing conversation.

He also thinks Bush has actually made some good speeches re the economic crisis, the problem being his credibility is shot and NO ONE IS LISTENING.

WGA 07 Strike Week 2

AMPTP bravely soldiers on, despite heavy fog of uncertainty.

Deadline Hollywood Daily, where Nikki Finke sees a glimmer of hope.


Doris Egan
of House, writes on writing for a living.

James Surowiecki, in the New Yorker, explains the whole thing, sort of:

The paychecks and the profit-and-loss statements may indicate that the writers and the producers should be able to resolve their dispute quickly. But in labor relations the bottom line isn’t always the bottom line.