Except for a twinge of nostalgia, this story doesn’t move me much. Philosophically, at least, I am quite happy to see the newspaper industry consolidate into collapse.
Part of my indifference is schadenfreude. The industry brought it on itself. It’s pretensions never could surpass it’s silliness. Part of my indifference is hope. Digital media are vastly superior to print media both in terms of volume and quality.
The BR writer expresses a Jeffersonian lament that newspapers “provide a measure of accountability for government officials” such that losing them might harm our democracy. I am, instead, optimistic.
It seems to me there are very few real issues in the world, and most resolve into simple contests between good and evil. We’re better off to sort them out amongst ourselves without the noise and frictions newspapers create.