I’m a little bit confused and dismayed by this statement, “News you can’t get on the internet”. It’s where just about everybody receives and disseminates news these days. And most all newspapers have gone on-line for national and international news.
Governments have been shaped by the awesome power of the internet. One only needs to look at recent developments occurring in the Middle East specifically, Egypt and Libya. And it’s only a matter of time before all hard copies of paper newspapers will fall by the wayside perhaps, with one exception, the Daily Post.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe the Daily Post is a wonderful community newspaper and I read it almost daily and many of the editorials are outstanding pieces of journalism.
David Price the editor, I understand is a strong supporter of First Amendment rights unlike another on-line newspaper, the Paloaltoonline.com version of the Weekly which promotes censorship.
You can Google the Daily Post but what you won’t find is archival information. You have to call the Post and request a PDF file on previously issued articles so many of these outstanding editorials and comments from Mr. Price’s followers cannot be found through a Google search.
The way I look at it, it’s a capitol software investment well worth the expense. Let me illustrate it another way. Would you invest in an abacus or the Rosetta stone? Its ancient technology which has out lived its usefulness and rightfully belongs in a museum.
E-books and on-line newspapers will continue to shape modern day societies and many visionaries have projected that even library’s will soon become a part of the distant past.
Perhaps many in the Palo Alto community will look back on our politicians and ask the question why? Why did we spend 43 million of hard earned taxpayers’ dollars on a new library system rather than investing in a real future. The future of Technology…..
Perhaps one economic indicator Mr. Price of the Daily Post and others should listen to is from Bill Keller, New York Times executive editor.
“….the Web audience is growing at a great clip, while print circulation is not. And online revenues are growing faster, too, albeit from a smaller base. If the trend continues, there’s little doubt that — “eventually” — online becomes the main business”.