Papers Try to Get Out of a Box

“The current recession combined with a structural shift in ad spending and consumer habits have left the newspaper industry in a box canyon. Many believe they have no choice but to shoot their way out, even if it means taking on Google and the hundreds of millions of eyeballs it represents.” David Carr in the New York Times on the Kulturkampf that has begun in newspapers over a) charging people to read stuff and b) confronting Google and other news aggregators.

I would have written more on this had I not been moving countries. Both debates are now becoming hot, as they should be. Answers? Both will work a bit for some people and neither will resolve the issue of declining revenues.

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