If 20 years ago someone had said that the New York Times Company would run the Boston Globe into the ground and force it closure as its owner I think they would have been laughed out of the room. However, this said spectacle may actually play out.
A few years ago the New York Times company bought the Boston Globe and immediately began sowing the seeds of its demise. They either layed off, fired or offered early retirement to the Globe's better and coincidentally older and higher paid writers while keeping its younger lesser talented journalists. They then began closing regional offices including those overseas as well as reducing to nearly the point of eliminating its Washington bureau. The Times then forced the Globe into a subserviant role to the Times by rebranding it as a New England regional newspaper, not a national and international paper.
Bill Moyers once equated modern journalism--journalism in the era of corporate consolidation--with a line from a Bruce Springsteen song--"It's like eating dirt and caviar." The point he was making is that the promise of consolidation was the ability to bring greater resources to bear on the gathering, production and distribution of news in a manner that would enable greater profitability and opportunity. However, what it also meant is the loss of numerous regional and local newspapers, the evisceration of journalism as a realistic career prospect, the commoditization of news as entertainment with a corresponding nose dive in standards, the inability to truly address the challenges posed by the Internet, and the oft promised profitability, opportunity and greater resource allocation never materialized. And for those newspapers that managed to grow there readership and make profits, money was taken away in order to maintain other newspapers that had been ruined by corporate ownership (this happened to the Portsmouth Herald where I worked for a few years).
And now the Boston Globe, one of my former favorite newspapers (the Times has simply ruined it) is on the verge of closing. This is bad enough, but what is worse is that this is in my writing market, which means that all of those writers and editors--full time, freelance and contract--will be out on the streets competing with me for work. My life is already hard enough as I try to rebuild a writing career that was all but destroyed by the economy going bust.
To say the least, this is a very difficult time.
Causes James Buchanan Supports
Expanding health care in the US, ending war as a viable tool of foreign policy, and issues related to social justice in general.