R.L. Crabb’s weekend cartoon in the Union newspaper is here. It sparked this comment from a regular reader, with the cartoon “clipped” in an email: “Assinine comments from Crabb. God, give me Doonesbury please.”
It is true that The Union spends a lot of energy focusing on the shortcomings of social media — rather than the advantages — in the opinions from its paid commentators, as well as the publisher.
But this a provincial, self-preservation mindset. Our community has embraced social media (while the newspaper is behind a “pay wall.”). One example: Nevada County Peeps on Facebook has 13,661 members, compared with 5,994 at The Union.
Outside our “cul de sac,” I was glad to see Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg among the distinguished list of guests at the White House for the state dinner for Chinese premier Xi Jinping this week. Other “disruptive” technologies were on the list too — such as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the founder of LinkedIn and the CEO of Salesforce.com (cloud computing).
Two newspaper correspondents were on the list (from the L.A. Times and Wall Street Journal) — but not one single newspaper management person was invited.
As Crabb wrote in his community newspaper cartoon: “The internet is changing how we communicate.”