World’s First Blog-Based Newspaper Typo

This is what it’s come to. Newspapers containing the content of blogs. The Printed Blog purports this to be revolutionary. I must ask why? One of the most compelling things about blogs is the fluidity of being on the Web. This allows people to interact with the author and the material being discussed.

I’m similarly intrigued by the large button on their home page advertising the downloadable version of the paper. So let me get this straight: First, you grab stories from blogs. I don’t get to choose, interact, follow links, or comment. Then I get to download this static/frozen content in the form of a PDF. What’s inconvenient about the Web? Or are you hoping I’ll print this out, consuming paper and ink resources that would be saved if I read it online? This had better be more than a weak ploy to get advertising space.

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Look, trying to turn newspapers into Web sites isn’t going to save them. Making them “more portable” isn’t going to save them. At this point, I doubt anything will. People prefer getting their stories from billions of sources rather than one. For better or worse, the trend is clear. There may be something to the localization and usage of the free newspaper model, which seems to be the only viable paper medium moving forward, but I don’t see this one going very far. The logistics of paper printing will never match the velocity of the Web. Never.

I can’t let them get away with one more faux pas. In the screenshot below, which was pulled from their home page, they’ve incorrectly used the word, “comprised.” It should be “newspaper comprising entirely blogs…,” though that’s pretty awkward anyway. Perhaps the only way to save newspapers is to make them as insensitive to grammar rules as many blogs.

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2 Comments

  • aarti

    that is the silliest idea ever. what a silly blog!

    i subscribe to the LA times mostly to try to keep it in business. i am a bit old-fashioned; the one big failing of most newspaper web sites is that you don’t get the overall perspective that you get from looking at the front page — there’s almost too much info on the front page. i only want to see six or seven on the top stories, not every blessed blog and video related to the story etc.

    then again, i do find myself going to the nytimes website A LOT.

    i hope newspapers stay in business! i find that i read a lot the ENTIRE article more often if it’s in print than online… too many distractions online.

    thats my two cents.

  • I certainly have a soft spot for newspapers. I used to think I wanted to be a journalist and my mother used to work at one. I don’t want newspapers to fail, just believe they’re doomed and that large corporations often get what they deserve for failing to be proactive and reacting with too little too late to new technologies and social behavior.

    The ones I really feel for are the small-town rags. I was lucky enough to grow up in a small town with a daily. In fact, The Fulton Sun is still around. But if you go to the web site, it’s a great example of what you’re saying. Very busy home page.

    The larger newspapers that get swept up and controlled by corporations are more bothersome. And there I don’t see a whole lotta hope. Trying to “re-create” the charm of the small-town newspaper by reprinting from blogs, however localized, doesn’t seem like the answer.

    I like Guy Kawasaki’s approach with Alltop.com, which serves as a sort of blog magazine rack for the Internet. Then again, I find myself talking about it more than reading it.

    I liked this post from Roger Ebert on the subject.

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