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Posted May 15, 2012
Daniel Schwarz's -Endtimes?- is an important book that will be o
Daniel Schwarz's -Endtimes?- is an important book that will be of interest to people concerned about the future of newspapers. In his book, Schwarz reviews the history of the -NYTimes-, looks at what the paper has become today, and speculates about its future. He considers the impact on the paper--and, by implication, on all print newspapers--of changes in American culture and ongoing availability of news on the internet and on cable TV. He describes a newspaper that over the years has offered its readers more in depth analysis, more investigative reporting, more added value material on how to live better, and--at the same time--more fluff (Schwarz explains why this is so) in response to these changes. He also notes that the -Times- has the largest and most far flung staff of any newspaper in the world, that it supplies material--often without charge--for many other news outlets. Will the -Times- be able to keep this up--or will declining print revenues makes this impossible? Will we then have a reliable source of national and world news? In addition to offering us his own observations and reflections, Schwarz interviewed many of the editors--including editors in chief--of the -Times- and he quotes liberally from his interviews. Their voices along with Schwarz's own provide us with a richly provocative book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.