Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Slate: How the Times makes local papers dumber

From Jack Shafer:

"Lisa M. George and Joel Waldfogel... found that the increased availability of the Times cut into the circulation of local newspapers among "targeted readers"—that is, well-educated readers—but that local newspaper readership increased among those not targeted by the Times—the less-educated. Finally, they found reason to believe local newspapers become more local wherever the Times invades."