Playing Taps for the Times

News today that the NY Times is laying off 190 employees will have bloggers playing taps for the Times. Coming on top of news that the paper will be charging for access to its columnists, this is truly schadenfreude-inducing if you’re of a mind that traditional media is being torn apart by technology.
While I feel the same temptation, it is worth keeping it all in context. Things aren’t going financial gangbusters at the Times, but 190 employees is only 2% of staff. So it’s not a lot — for now.

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Comments

  1. Chris says:

    I’m sure Instapundit is just ALL broken up over this.

  2. Adam S. says:

    Why would you be tempted to feel schadenfreude over this? I love blogs, blogging, new media, Web 2.0, folksonomies, etc., etc. as much as the next guy, but is the blogging community so blinkered that they can’t see how deeply dependent they are on the traditional investigative reporting performed par excellence by institutions such as the New York Times? Speaking more generally, can the weakening of institutions such as the Times possibly be a good thing for democracy? No matter what you think the potential for citizen journalism to be, the plain answer is: no.

  3. Paul K. says:

    Oh, I agree. The Times, for all its flaws, is a wonderful news organization. The people who so demonstrably are pulling for its demise are nonsense-spewing nihilists.