Newser’s Michael Wolff: In 18 Months, 80 Percent Of Newspapers Will Be Gone—Give Or Take…. | paidContent.orgKevin: Michael Wolff makes the hyperbolic prediction that 80% of newspapers (in the US although he doesn't qualify it as being specific to the US) will be gone in 18 months. He doesn't provide much support or evidence for his prediction. He also blames CraigsList for the collapse of newspapers, which founder Craig Newmark took exception to saying that newspapers failed the public trust on several high profile subjects such as the weapons of mass destruction justification for the war in Iraq and the financial crisis. I think they are both wrong. CraigsList is only one online service that undercut newspapers' traditional sources of revenue, and the decline of newspapers is as much about relevance as it is about trust. One prediction Wolff made that is much more likely is that New York Times will be owned by another company in 18 months.
Kevin: Guardian Information Architect Martin Belam talks about his role and also some of the core principles of the Guardian's web development. "These are that URLs should be PERMANENT, that all content should be uniquely ADDRESSABLE, that multiple routes to content make everything DISCOVERABLE, and that everything should be as OPEN as possible."