When I was a youth, my grandmother gave me a pin that read “Chivalry isn’t dead–it’s just been in a coma for a thousand years.” That and her typed “business” card about sexist remarks, which I discussed in a previous post, should give you an idea of her view of the world and the world of men. Bare with me now as I tie that remembrance to the world of publishing: If newspapers are still largely run by men, and many argue are slowly dying, could it be that like chivalry they’re simply in a coma?
The Inksniffer seems to agree. In his post a couple of days ago on internet metrics and the death of the newspaper, British journalist John Duncan argues that “Print may be fast asleep. But it’s not even close to being dead.” He goes on to examine web and print statistics from the Guardian, tracing mathematical and data-retrieval steps that any maths lover will appreciate. You can read more on his post.
Though Duncan concludes that web metrics can’t confirm the death of newspapers, can something else entirely do so? Perhaps if newspapers start thinking like futurists, they can reinvent themselves and not only stay alive but flourish once again.