I appreciate your enthusiasm.
Part of my “shouldn’t” (a large part of it) is environmental; the energy costs involved in printing and distributing a physical newspaper are high, and I think that, as we try hard to reduce our carbon footprint (and landfill), physical newspapers become a luxury.
But the “can’t” and “won’t” still exist, regardless of the “shouldn’t”. My son and daughter absolutely never read a physical paper and I don’t see any of their friends engaged in the practice. Sooner rather than later, the economies of scale are going to catch up with the print news industry.
I agree with you that a well-conceived local newspaper can be of great value (unfortunately, the ones in my community are stuffed with petty politics and other nonsense, so I for one would love to have a real community paper). I just respectfully disagree with you that the physical paper model will work in the long term.]]>
Whatever. I still don’t see anyone under 25 reading a physical paper. That’s something that can’t, won’t and shouldn’t be fixed.]]>