8 May 2009

In answer to your breathless and sometimes deliciously tart texts and emails which I received on the day of the paint-ball massacres, no I had no hand act or part in encouraging Ms Hoctor to consider returning to her teaching job from which is in on leave. My only contribution to her difficulties is that I managed, anti-G8-summit-style, to get her kicked off the dais in Nenagh (which I'm still sore about because Sinn Fein, whom I happened to be standing beside at the time the red mist decended, got all the credit for for the fracas! Lads, if that's all the thanks I get, I'm standing with the Legion of Mary at the next big demo.)  

By the by, has anyone been noticing how much trouble the world's major newspapers have been getting into lately? The Boston Globe was teetering on the brink last week and within the past year the precarious business models of Le Monde, the New York Times and the LA Times have been exposed. In the case of the New York Times, its well known their monopoly on revenue for classified advertising has been shattered with the arrival of giant internet sites like Craigslist. And the quality of punditry on the big commentary sites - both left and right - is so much better that what you'll find on the news stands. So what's going to happen in Ireland, I wonder. Already, the Sunday Tribune and Sunday Business Post are delaying the publication of their on line editions, presumably to encourage folks to go out and buy their papers. And already the quality of commentary you'll find on some news sites is better than that available in the print media. Interesting.

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