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Falling of the cliff

When change happens in a networked environment, it’s rapid. We’ve seen it in the financial markets, music industry, TV (YouTube), and, perhaps at it’s most pronounced, the newspaper industry. For example, consider these results from major publications in the US. Only one had increased circulation – others had enormous drops – up to 25% in a six month period. Hierarchical organizations are simply not designed to adapt to change at this pace.


  1. Lanny Arvan wrote:

    Is there any way to know from the results you linked to whether the people are not reading the papers at all or are accessing them only online instead? I subscribe to the NY Times on my Kindle. That isn’t in those numbers.

    Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
  2. gsiemens wrote:

    Hi Lanny – good ques. I have no idea. I’m sure the online portion of newspapers has been steadily increasing…but don’t know if it has replaced lost print readers. I suspect not, but that’s just an opinion.

    Friday, October 30, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Permalink
  3. KDircks wrote:

    This is the first year in my 10+ years of education that my sixth grade classroom will not be receiving the daily newspaper. Our students are expected to access the newspaper (for current events) online.

    Monday, November 2, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Permalink