Info Gluttony

The iPhone Killed the Newspaper Star

Posted in media, thinking about cities by echan on March 31, 2009

Leave it to The New York Times to list off the various reasons why the San Francisco Chronicle is part of the great newspaper die off (It’s interesting that they omit that the Chronicle is a crappy paper).  One detail I like is the Dottie’s Media Index:

On any sunny weekend, the long brunch lines outside Dottie’s True Blue Cafe in the Tenderloin district illustrate the printed paper’s shrinking place in city life. People who, a few years ago, would have leafed through The Chronicle while waiting for tables are instead tapping on iPhones and laptops.

“People eat through their whole meals texting, e-mailing, where they used to read papers,” said Kurt Abney, owner of Dottie’s. “At the end of the day, we used to have a huge pile of newspapers by the front door that people left behind, but now it’s only a few.”


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  1. adam said, on April 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I agree with Slate’s take-it’s less about the product than about dumb management loading up the companies with too much debt. Whereas most bubbles build lasting infrastructure (trains, tulips, internets, etc), this last bubble seems to only have destroyed things.

    • eflan said, on April 2, 2009 at 8:51 pm

      I definitely believe this is the case with crazy Sam Zell & the Tribune company.

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