A New Year’s Resolution for the Media

Will 2019 be the year the U.S. media stops entertaining people with what they want to hear and tries being relevant again?

The New York Times located in New York City, NY. (photo: Billie Grace Ward)

Truth or Consequences

There is fast money in telling people what they want to hear.

2019: The News Buyer’s Market

As 2019 kicks off in the U.S., there is absolutely no shortage of news.

The Content Avalanche

No shortage of great content among these many news sources, outlets and delivery systems, either. Any newspaper hiding behind a paywall in a last ditch effort to save itself in the Internet Age might as well be living in the Stone Age. I’m sorry, but:

Die, Dinosaur. Die.

If the purveyors of U.S. news can not or will not adapt to a post-internet world, they will have to make way for something that will.

Of Barges and Bowling Alleys

Goods in the U.S. were once moved by way of giant barges, floating down major rivers and U.S. waterways to towns and cities across the nation. These massive barges were guided by expert navigators who knew the rivers so well they could steer around obstacles that couldn’t be seen above the water.

The Golden Age of the Great Newspaper is Gone

Let’s say you are sailing on a luxury cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. After a gourmet dinner, you are strolling around on deck; the night is balmy, the moon is bright on the ocean, the stars are spangled in the heavens and you can see the curvature of the earth, the air is so clear. Everything is just perfect.

Natural Balancing Act

Societies, on the whole, have always been dynamically influenced by two diametrically opposed and competing forces: Conservative versus Progressive.

Unnatural Unbalancing Act

This liberal impulse in the media, this equal and opposite reaction, could take all the time it needed to reach maximum, ossify on itself and begin the long swing back in the other direction except for one minor problem.

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet at a 2017 SXSW session discussing Covering POTUS: A Conversation with the Failing NYT. (photo: nrkbeta)

Reading the Font on the Wall

“The more anti-Trump the [New York] Times was perceived to be, the more it was mistrusted for being biased.” Jill Abramson, former editor of the New York Times

What is clear, is that the internet has changed the news industry radically and likely forever. If major newspapers and media outlets don’t wake up to the new reality- the one in which they are actually floudering in a deep ocean and not safe on the deck of a ship- they are as doomed as the dodo.

The Unbearable Fiscal Burden of Cutting Your Audience in Half

The harshest reality media personalities, pundits and journalists might have to face it that they are living in the Divided States of America. Whether they agree with them philosophically or not, more than half of Americans no not identify as liberal Democrats.

The Narrative That Undermines Itself

Though the media admits it has a problem, Why conservatives lost faith in mainstream media, it seems unwilling or unable to respond.

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