Maybe it's not information they're processing
Posted by aogThursday, 04 January 2007 at 19:32 TrackBack Ping URL

Yet another interesting tidbit from Instapundit today is this column by Don Surber about newspapers competing with weblogs. I didn’t find it of much substance except for this quote, which floored me —

The problem for PMs [newspapers delivered in the afternoon] has been the time of day. Our deadlines have rolled back from 2 pm 30 years ago to about 10 am today. Our delivery time has remained 5 pm.

Woah! Over the last 30 years, as all other information work has become an ever more automated, just in time, accelerated to Internet speed kind of thing, the newspaper business has slowed down. And not a little bit either, but from a 3 hour lead time to a 7 hour lead time. How could any organization use information technology to more than double the time it takes to produce content? I don’t think it’s the time of day that’s the real problem here.

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cjm Thursday, 04 January 2007 at 20:40

mein godt, how is that possible ?! anyone have a clue why this happened ? one of my son’s friend’s dad work for the los angeles times, and i will ascertain to discover what is behind this. it’s like trying to sell a 13” color tv for $500.

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 04 January 2007 at 21:26

What’s just as stunning is that this is an offhand comment, Surber apparently doesn’t see it as anything more than just another way life is a little tougher for newspapers these days. The quote here is the entirety of his mention of it.

David Cohen Friday, 05 January 2007 at 22:26

My guess is that this is not at all technical, but is generated by either a labor contract or some other regulatory issue.

Annoying Old Guy Saturday, 06 January 2007 at 10:15

That would still demonstrate a strong disconnect from the basic premises of the Information Age.

David Cohen Saturday, 06 January 2007 at 16:58

Absolutely. But the labor union model in a monopoly cash-cow industry (which the newspaper business used to be) is that everything is a zero-sum game between labor and management. Then everything changes and neither labor or management notices.

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