Straight Dope about the News

I love the newspaper column, The Straight Dope. I have the column’s first two books, but somehow I have failed to become a loyal follower online. That changes today, since I’ve now bookmarked it, due to the consideration of a reader of this blog who gave me a head’s up about a column predicting the future of newspapers (Thanks knoggin — I owe you one!).

Cecil, the writer and creator of The Straight Dope, is absolutely right about everything he says. I say that primarily because he says in this piece exactly what I have been saying for months: the future of the newspaper online is:

100% FREE CONTENT

SUBSCRIPTIONS AND MICROPAYMENTS WILL NOT WORK

100% ADVERTISER-SUPPORTED

CONTENT WILL FOCUS ON HYPER-LOCAL ISSUES

GOOD JOURNALISM WILL NOT DIE

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