Sunday, May 03, 2020
SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION TRASHES PRINT PUBLICATIONS ON LOCAL NEWSTANDS!!!
Hidden in the fine print of local mandates on coronavirus prevention is very questionable guidance on the printed word.
To wit . . .
KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS SHOW US LOCAL PRINT MAGS TRASHED AMID COVID-19 PREVENTION EFFORTS!!!
Even in restaurants, those old, nasty laminated menus are a thing of the past as new rules advise "single-use, disposable menus, and access to online menu on mobile devices."
The good news is that MOST of this info was available last month online . . . However, this leaves many independent publishers in a tough place given that handouts and well placed publications are part of their distribution model.
Unlike the daily corporate newspaper, indie publishers offer content that's tough to find anywhere else and the Internets no longer has the same kind of egalitarian freedom of information in a world of rigged social media algorithms and politically charged platform take downs.
Moreover, limiting any kind of speech and 1st Amendment rights over public health concerns should be met with skepticism and critical questions.
It truly is a slippery slope when quality toilet reading must be sacrificed to protect the nation from a pandemic by way of precautions that might or might not be scientifically sound.
Here's the word . . .
"The scary thing about the new rules is that print magazines will probably be banned from salons, medical waiting rooms, bars, and restaurants. They want no paper inside places. Even restaurants will have to have to throw away paper menus, no more laminated menus. They are telling restaurants to use one-time-use paper menus that can be thrown away or access their menus on their cell phones . . .
"Here's a photo from a grocery store near Noland Road that I took tonight. Obviously, people did not buy out every magazine. The store had to dump them. I took this photo around 8:30 p.m. tonight. Not good news for publishers who need distribution in bars, coffee shops, libraries, restaurants, universities and more."
Developing . . .