Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Decline and Fall

Neal Boortz attributes the decline of newspapers in part to the low quality of government schools:
You also have to factor in government schools. With every year that passes we have more young adults finishing their education (if that's what you want to call it) and beginning their lives. Why would these people want to subscribe to a newspaper if (a) they have no real understanding of the significance of the stories that might be covered in that paper; and (b) they can't read all that well anyway.

I wonder if Boortz would credit the rise of talk radio programs; you know, like his, to the same phenomenon.

1 comment:

Jon Luker said...

My take is that declining newspaper readership is due to the fact that the serious reader is no longer a target audience. Dumb down and sex up is the marketing method. I bet a lot of five pound Sunday papers are purchased for the ads and coupons and not much else.

By the way, I found your blog through Michael B. Dougherty's blog. Enjoyed your recent review of Blog in The American Conservative. Keep up the good work!