Kevin: Via Richard Sambrook, he points out Charlie Brooker's most recent column in The Guardian (my employer for three more days): "…its newspapers. "In its purest form, a newspaper consists of a collection of facts which, in controlled circumstances, can actively improve knowledge. Unfortunately, facts are expensive, so to save costs and drive up sales, unscrupulous dealers often "cut" the basic contents with cheaper material, such as wild opinion, bullshit, empty hysteria, reheated press releases, advertorial padding and photographs of Lady Gaga with her bum hanging out."
It’s Official: 2009 Was Worst Year for the Newspaper Business in Decades – Media Decoder Blog – NYTimes.comKevin: Grim reading. "From its peak in 2005, newspaper ad revenue dropped 44.2 percent, from more than $49.4 billion to less than $27.6 billion last year. The last time advertisers spent less on newspapers was in 1986."