Posted at 10:45 AM on August 13, 2007
by Sanden Totten
The other night I sat in on a discussion about today's media at the Minneapolis Public Library. It was part of the People's University (sign up for free fall classes here) and for the first class we went spelunking the depths of the failing newspaper industry.
Now for those of you who don't know me, I'm in my 20's. The majority of the crowd attending this class was not. Let's just say that they were more "The Wonder Years" than "My So Called Life". And so a large part of the discussion went like this:
"Why do newspapers cover so much garbage these days? It's all Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, and no real news!"
"Well, that's because some editor somewhere thought we should cater to neolithic, barely literate 20 somethings rather than cover the hard hitting news were good at!"
Okay. First off, us 20 something are just as sick of Paris as you are. In fact, I think it's mostly aging journalists trying to come off as hip who are beating that story to death. But more to the point, I don't think people my age are enamored with the garbage newspapers are "targeting" to us either. And as the folks at the discussion pointed out, the numbers bear this out. Young people don't really pick up the paper. And you know what, why should they?