Emerson Journalism Prof Has the Newspaper Delivery Blues

Four out of six recent days without a paid-for New York Times ain't good.

Jerry Lanson and his wife Kathy are not happy. The Lexington, Mass. couple look forward to debating the day’s news each morning over copies of The New York Times and Boston Globe. But in recent weeks, both papers have been variously MIA.

On The Huffington Post, Lanson relates his conversation with an NYT “account resolutions manager.” The Emerson College journalism professor also dovetails into some interesting thoughts on some of the more subtle collateral damage wrought by the digital age:

Today, the value of digital news is increasingly being measured by the most hits, just as Facebook posts are measured by the most likes. Yes, the digital universe allows us to get any news headline almost instantaneously. But at the same time we seem less and less able to distinguish what’s important and what’s not, what’s true and what’s a lie.

In many ways that is best exemplified by the rise of Donald Trump, a stick figure of narcissistic self-aggrandizement, a peddler in lies and shallow statements whom the news media to a large extent have created with their incessant coverage.

For those who buy into this argument, perhaps the best way to refer to the new print paradigm is: The Digital. Read the rest of Lanson’s thoughts here.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
A Day in the Life of a Newspaper Delivery Man
[Photo courtesy: @jerrylanson]