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Adios Newsweek, Hola Economist

Original post made by Paul Losch, a resident of Palo Alto, on Mar 10, 2011

My Newsweek magazine subscription that I have had since college is up for renewal. I will let it lapse.

I plan instead to subscribe to the Economist.

I no longer subscribe to the Mercury News or the New York Times, and I think my behavior exemplifies the dilemma the print media faces.
The content that I value from the Merc and the Times I can get on line. Newsweek is another story.

It was owned by the Washington Post Company for years, and tried a major makeover a year or two ago, and actually I liked it. Although it was a thinner magazine, I thought it was sharper, albeit DC focused. Then it got sold for One Dollar.

Enter Tina Brown, formerly of British rags, Vanity Far, the New Yorker, and most recent the Daily Beast, an on-line site. I got my first issue under Tina’s thumb this week, and that did it for me. No renewal.

Newsweek and I have grown apart, along the lines of my impending divorce from my spouse. Tina is a brilliant editor, and she is reaching out to people other than my profile. I wish Newsweek well, but I think they are pushing strings. And it no longer is for me.

The Economist, for those so inclined, offers deep articles on global and national policy issues. I have constantly bought it off the news stand and the check out line at the grocery store, and it will now be the weekly I look forward to getting in the mail.

It is sad to end a long relationship, be it a marriage, readership in a magazine, or other things that have involved a commitment and involvement. But I don’t think the Newsweek that I have enjoyed over the years will be the same, and what I perceive Tina doing with it ain’t my thing.

I will “date” The Economist with a one year subscription, and I hope it turns into a LTR.

What are you subscribing to?


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Posted by Ollie
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Comparing your marriage to a magazine subscription. Wow. Maybe that's the problem. Where to begin with that one.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I always enjoyed Newsweek, especially the "My Turn" articles sent in from people. I enjoyed the casual style and the fact that every sentence was worthwhile to read. But when the layout was rehauled last year, I cancelled my subscription because it was no longer easy to read. Instead of having a Table of Contents, it had sections to turn to with sub-tables of contents. And the layouts were so chaotic that the articles were difficult to follow.

Perhaps I will look at the new version of Newsweek and subscribe again if I like it.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 11, 2011 at 7:10 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

I celebrate my 56th anniversary this August. Some of us got it, some don't.

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Posted by robert
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Mar 11, 2011 at 8:22 am

Paul, get help. You're too hooked on technology for social and personal survival skills when your blog becomes an outlet for your personal and family relations. Seriously. Get un-connected.

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Posted by AMR
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2011 at 9:08 am

Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Elle Decor, InStyle.

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Posted by Journalism degrading
a resident of Green Acres
on Mar 11, 2011 at 10:16 am

Dumped Newsweek, Economist, Time in the same year about 10 years ago when I finally realized they were all highly, highly biased and did not tell "the rest of the story". It is sad to have seen them taken over by the propoganda wing of journalism, the "baby boomer" age of journalism that came of age in the 70s..and now have hit the "big time".

I even dumped Wall Street Journal 1 year ago when I realized I was paying for some of the same editorial mush and AP bias that I can get anywhere here, from AP stories to Frank Rich to Krugman-like letters. Don't need "fair and balanced" from what used to be the last remaining paper that had real news. Real pity to have watched it decline also. Don't need European-style "all one view" news in this country, but seems to be coming. Thankfully we still have the internet, Drudge, "right wing" talk radio, and FOX to balance it all into context a little bit.

It is a pity to have watched all of them degrade over the last 30 years ( well..I only read Economist for about 2 not clear on that one). But, inevitable, I suppose, given the prediliction of most "journalists".

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Posted by Journalism degrading
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 11, 2011 at 10:19 am

BTW, Mr. Losch...Though I disagree at least 99% of the time with your viewpoints, I do admire your willingness to attach your name to them.

For that reason, I am going to tell you, though I am anonymous for many reasons, that I agree with the comments concerning your exposing your personal life to anyone and everyone to read, including your soon-to-be ex wife and your children. I join them in advising you to keep your personal life out of your commentary, and the result may be a better relationship with whoever does stay in your life.

Just my anonymous 2 cents, in honor of your willingness to post your name.