Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Local newspapers aren't worth saving

"For many years the local press has been one of Britain's most potent threats to democracy, championing the overdog, misrepresenting democratic choices, defending business, the police and local elites from those who seek to challenge them. Media commentators lament the death of what might have been. It bears no relationship to what is…

"It's true that the vacuity and cowardice of the local papers has been exacerbated by consolidation, profit-seeking, the collapse of advertising revenues and a decline in readership. But even if they weren't subject to these pressures, they would still do more harm than good. Local papers defend the powerful because the powerful own and fund them." —George Monbiot

1 comment:

Sybo said...

Hi

Great post and it's true that the vacuity and cowardice of the local papers has been exacerbated by consolidation.

- J.
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