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December 12, 2005

Yes, Rob, lots of things are worse these days--but you can't beat the convenience

Stephen Baker

Rob Hof trumpets the superiority of vinyl records over digital fare. And he asks if we sacrifice quality for convenience.

My answer: Yes. Again and again and again.

Here are some examples. We now put up with buzzy, faltering telephone connections reminiscent of the 1920s, or earlier (especially those of us in the United States). Why? Because we appreciate the convenience of mobility.

We accept smaller and smaller movie screens as we move from the grand theaters to the multiplex to the living room, and finally to the iPod video. Again, we benefit from greater choice--and sacrifice quality.

Same thing goes as we switch from slow home-cooked meals to microwavable fare.

Here's the question: Are we making a similar deal when we turn from the more carefully edited and structured traditional journalism for the speed, spontaneity and networked power of blogs?

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No, I think we're counting on evolution of journalism and journalists. We need you folks to be sharper than ever when it comes to compact, effective writing, and it seems like we want the collective you to produce it with less latency. The advantage to this is that, depending on the nature of the story, readers may expect less in the way of context and setup, written into the piece. The disadvantage is that the style is fairly ruthless, relentless, and Darwinian for those accustomed to different practice.

Pete Z.

Posted by: Pete Zievers at December 12, 2005 04:55 PM

There still exists a market for vinyl records – small and niche, but it’s there. The market for grand theaters and cinemas saw a decline a few years back but is on a rebound now. And as for slow home-cooked meals, the market is not only strong, but growing with time.

Today, we have more options than in the past. Sometimes we choose convenience over quality, and sometimes we prefer to go back to old ways. Traditional journalism is, no doubt, going through a similar transition. It will continue to exist but it won’t be the only option as it was until now. Internet portals and blogs are instant and spontaneous sources of information. In recent times, traditional newspapers have noted a decline in their paper circulation but at the same time, their online viewership has increased significantly. The mode of delivery is changing but good journalism will always attract good readership.

Posted by: Luv Sayal at December 12, 2005 10:34 PM

I was read this. "French-fry boxes, microwave popcorn bags and pet food containers could contain unsafe amounts of the toxic chemical C8." I don't know much about C8 or if it is really bad stuff, but what was wrong with the old waxed paper? Thomas Edison developed waxed paper in 1872. It's still in use today. One brand is Cut-Rite by Reynolds. Reynolds Consumer Products is a business of Alcoa Inc. They also make aluminum foil for wrapping up food. They put lead into gasoline for decades even if it wasn't needed. It was good for the engine and bad for the air. Using something that is toxic to wrap food seems crazy.

Buy waxed paper or aluminum foil.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at December 13, 2005 07:48 AM


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