Friday, November 18, 2011

Republic has a new system

The Arizona Republic has a new publishing system and not everyone is happy about it.  It also appears that they will be employing a new commmenting system as well which will be interesting to see what it does to the tenor of the dialogue. 

As we know, the newspapers have turned to make the stories more and more extravagant because it gets people tune in and argue within the comments and more people to pass the story around.  More return commenters and people seing a story means more ad views which means increased ad sales.

A national journalist recently said reporters and talk show hosts "don't have to be right, they just have to be interesting."  That is why you get so many stories about illegal immigration, mormonism, and the like.  People have heated opinions.  That is also why there was so much attention on the Pearce recall.  It was a polarizing topic with two heated sides and the flames were fanned by the media selling ad space. 

We're guessing that the biggest winners in the whole battle is the media sales guys who just saw their christmas bonus go up. 

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