Thursday Feb 08, 2007

No More Paper

Some interesting quotes from Arthur Sulzberger at the New York Times -- NY Times publisher: Our goal is to manage the transition from print to internet.

On dumping paper: "I really don't know whether we'll be printing the Times in five years, and you know what? I don't care either," he says. Well, that's cool. No more ink on paper. I go out of my way to not buy ink and paper if at all possible and have done so for years now. It's simply too wasteful. What the world doesn't need is more garbage blowing around in the streets.

On Bloggers: "We are curators, curators of news. People don't click onto the New York Times to read blogs. They want reliable news that they can trust," he says. Well, that's certainly true. I do want some news when I go to the NYT (and I go there often). But I'd like to read blogs from your reporters as well, and I could care less what your editorial board says. Reporters out in the field are the ones I want to hear from, not the guys in the top floor. The reporters have opinions, though, and I don't believe for a minute that news stories are not affected by those opinions. There's nothing wrong with that, per say, but I'd just like it acknowledged so I know what the perspective is, that's all. I've never read an objective piece of writing from any human being in my life, by the way, but there's nothing wrong with that because people are not objective. Arthur then goes on to say: "Once upon a time, people had to read the paper to find out what was going on in theater. Today there are hundreds of forums and sites with that information," he says. "But the paper can integrate material from bloggers and external writers. We need to be part of that community and to have dialogue with the online world." Cool. Nice to see the Times advance online.

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