David Simon testifying about the future of Newspapers – Politics Informer Video

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  1. CSPAN has every aired congressional event archived on their website. Just do a search for David Simon and it should pop up. That’s how I got it.

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  2. This is very true of so many areas on the internet. It’s amazing to think that an idea like the internet (a tool designed to give people the “freedom” to view content from anywhere in the world, and take away even the slightest power from those who may oppress) has been warped and distorted into a breeding ground for theft and piracy in the name of it being “free”.

    So many complain and cry out against greed offline… then equally rejoice in free greed online.

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  3. Simon is clearly a bright man, but it’s going to take a LOT for the public to accept a paywall-only structure for online journalism. That probably says more about us as a public than the technology itself. But there will be great resistance to this type of model. People don’t want to pay for what they’ve been getting for free.

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  4. ALSO: It’s a long shot that David Simon actually reads this, but I’d love to get in touch with him. Perhaps the people intelligent enough to watch this might be fans/friends that are in contact with him?

    Let me know. Thank you.

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  5. Every american needs to hear this immediately while we still have a chance at saving our democracy.

    WE NEED A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION LED BY DAVID SIMON TO PUSH FOR THIS NEW, LOCALIZED, NON-PROFIT NEWSPAPER STRUCTURE WHERE JOURNALISTS ARE TRAINED AND MOTIVATED TO UNCOVER THE TRUTH AND ASK THE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ASKED.

    MESSAGE ME if you’re serious about doing this. We need momentum NOW.

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  6. Good blogs link back to the original story, because that’s where the real story is. People that trust the gossip you read on a blog but not from news don’t read real news anyway.

    But what I’m saying is the good blogs drive traffic to the news websites.

    David Simon is a genius though. Everything he says is worth hearing and considering.

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  7. Without reporters like D. Simon and other smalltown papers, we will have scandal after scandal. The end result = Don’t trust anyone anymore. Who will stop the Gov. Rowlands and Gov. Palin’s from building their own houses with public money? No one.

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  8. The point, orangefield21, is newspapers are going to go bankrupt ANYWAY if they don’t charge for viewing their content. How do you expect to pay a reporter to cover a story for a company that doesn’t charge its subscribers online? No wonder it seems to me American critical thinkers are fewer and farther between.

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  9. good god. david simon is so inspiring. not only did he make the most amazing television series, but he is so on the money when he talks about the personal trust between newspapers and “joe bloggs”.

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  10. if you are going to charge a person $25 a month to open up large black and white pieces of paper

    when you can google for free

    you might as well just declare bankruptcy and call it a day

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  11. …and nobody could save the 8-track tape or the 5 ¼ floppy disk and 3 ½ floppy disk, there is more pressing issues, such as dismantling and reorganzing the federal reserve and the I.R.S. both are obsolete and will kill our economy (or already have).

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  12. didn’t you listen to him?

    your national trust idea is subsidization basically. and that’s retarded. especially for a media that’s supposed to speak “truth to power”.

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  13. Excellent points made about an industry that will go the way of the buggy-whip if it does not find a new avenue for revenue.
    Personally, i think that for every $ that goes to bail out a bank 1$ should go into a national newspaper Trust. It is more important to learn about the banks in the business pages than to fund their over-paid executive staffs.
    Since the 2nd – for each $ spent on ammo or armaments another $ goes to the same Trust.
    Then reporters draw from the Trust.
    News w/o ads – Yeah!!!

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