If anyone is wondering why journalism collapsed, all you need to do is read this passage quoting David Chavern, president and chief executive of News Media Alliance about newsprint tariffs being lifted:
"Today is a great day for American journalism," he said. "The ITC’s decision will help to preserve the vitality of local newspapers and prevent additional job losses in the printing and publishing sectors. The end of these unwarranted tariffs means local newspapers can focus once again on playing a vital role in our democracy by keeping citizens informed and connected to the daily life of their communities."
This reminds me of Soviet-style cheery good news spewing that always put a positive spin on rot. I had once made my acquaintance with several Serbian students in that late 1990s who had come from the former Yugoslavia during the civil war there. These were bright kids in their late teens, and when they recounted their country's news, they laughed as they all referred to it as "the propaganda."
They weren't stupid. They saw their country falling apart and essentially die, and day after day were journalists telling the little people of Yugoslavia how fantastically wonderful everything was.
No one believed them.
There are no more "great days" for journalism. None. There are no more great days for dead people here on Earth. They're dead. It's over. Their lottery ticket could be a winner; the dead can't get anything out of it.
So when the childish babbling over "great days" is trying to prop up the image of something that has collapsed, it sounds ridiculous.
There will still be layoffs. There will still be scuttled outlets. The lifting of tariffs do nothing.
But the industry refuses to change out of arrogance because if they do anything different, that is tantamount to admitting they were wrong and are flawed, and those mammoth egos won't allow it.
Besides, change would mean the old guard would be out of a job so that competent new blood comes in -- and it is better to cling on to those positions, than take a hint and take a bow...