Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Dave Barry says "newspapers are dead"

The humorist says in an interview:

"The era of the writer in the newspaper was in the '70s and '80s," Barry said, "when newspapers were making money no matter what. They'd send somebody off to Fiji for a story. If you knew you had somebody good, you'd just send them. You knew they'd come up with something."

Several years ago, Barry created the blog davebarry.com. It features typical "Barryisms," odd news stories sent in by ubiquitous "alert readers," columns, and a recurring feature called "A Fine Name for a Rock Band." (Most recent submission: Loincloth Outrage.)

"About five years ago, I went to the (Miami) Herald and I told them, 'I've got this blog and maybe you'd like to run it,' '' Barry said. "And they said, 'It's a what?' But then they had a committee meeting or something and now they want everybody to have a blog. They want the security guard to have a blog."


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