Sunday, March 08, 2020
KANSAS CITY STAR PUBLISHES SATURDAY NEWSPAPER SWAN SONG!!!
Here's a deadline love letter that might or might be noticed for an edition that was largely ignored by the time somebody finally had the decency to kill it.
What's worse . . .
Rendered mostly irrelevant by their own paywall, the Star promises more digital content and basically tries to explain their website move after more than a decade of telling readers why print was so important.
Check the company line pushed forward by workers who are far more concerned with the funding of their pensions than the additional digital crossword puzzles offered that won't sell an online service not nearly as fun as Netflix.
Saturday Kansas City Star print edition going away, but BLAH, BLAH, BLAH . . .
Money line that contradicts reality, the earnings reports of their parent company and basic math:
"Change is necessary in the business world, and we’re moving more of our resources into the digital side of our business because that is where we are growing — and impressively. The Star leads McClatchy (our parent company) in digital subscriptions, thanks to our loyal readers."
Meanwhile, what we've really learned from the rise of social media is that people would much rather read and gossip about the lives of their friends than keep up with the newsworthy events in their own backyard and there was never really a time when corrupt politicos and big biz didn't ALMOST completely control the civic discourse.
Developing . . .