the slow death of newspapers: part 758

The NYT reports that the print circulation of US newspapers dropped by another 7 per cent:

Of the top 25 newspapers in the United States, all posted declines in circulation except for The Wall Street Journal, which eked out a 0.6 percent gain, according to the figures released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. For the others, the declines ranged from 20.6 percent for The New York Post, to a slight 0.4 percent drop for The Chicago Sun-Times.

Both The Post and The Journal are owned by News Corporation, the media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch.

There’s all kinds of things not to like about newspapers (the New York Post, for instance, is a nasty little rag). But given that no-one’s yet come up with a very attractive (or even viable) alternative, the decline of print is kinda depressing.

Jeff Sparrow

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