Anonymous blogger at the local blog Olympia Views compares our local rag’s comment thread with the one of the Seattle Times. A worthy comparison as our local comments are hideous for most part and the Time’s is more civil, smart perhaps. Reinforcing the stereotype that people in the big city are more civilized. But his conclusion, that The Olympian has to fear competition in business, as subscribers might switch from the daily O to the Seattle Times and would put the local publisher under pressure is not what I see. As long as their sales force can still plump up their statistics and can sell ads, the paper will continue to print. It will look more like a coupon book, but it will exist.
Ad sales drive local journalism. Not story-telling, unfortunately.