I am not as severely critical of the mainstream media (MSM) as some web-based observers. However, there is increasing evidence that if you want to be up to date on what is happening in the digital world, the last place to look is your daily newspaper.
Here, for instance, are a couple of UK newspaper articles highlighted yesterday by booktrade.info.
First, a Guardian article on the long tail concept -- an article which tells you very little that you haven't read before, if you've been paying attention. The long tail was covered here, for instance, in my lengthy essay On the Survival of Rats in the Slush Pile, which was issued to the world back in February. And I wasn't exactly ahead of the game myself. I also dealt with the subject in July.
And then there's a piece in the Times, which gives a very quick skim through podcasts, ebooks, digital rights management, and the developments at Google and Amazon.
I am pretty confident that the authors of both these articles are better informed on their areas of expertise than I am. I simply make the point that the editors of a couple of top-class UK newspapers seem to have decided that their role is not to provide really cutting-edge information, but to offer a kind of bland beginner's guide.
Things, I suspect, were not always so.