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Morning Links: December 10, 2008

Jeff Jarvis responds to the Tribune bankruptcy. A smart piece, I think, but I’d quarrel with this:

Some [newspapers] are looking at stopping publishing a day or two (which is just stupid: news never happens on Mondays?).

The point of cutting back days is not that “news never happens on Mondays.” It’s that printing a newspaper isn’t profitable on Mondays. There’d still be a little thing called a web site. I’d think Jeff would be more platform-agnostic on that point.

— CJR interviews neuroscientist Michael Posner about how our attention gets allocated.

— Google, in its omnivorous quest to contain all media, starts hosting searchable archives of magazines. Go search the back issues of New York for some vintage Tom Wolfe.

                                   
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  • Will B.

    I think another option to not printing on Monday would be to print a small, free tab that day, supported by what advertising they could get. It’d be like the Tribune substituting a slightly-higher-brow RedEye for Monday’s regular paper. (Some might argue that the Trib is now little more than a slightly-higher-brow RedEye, but I’ll leave that for others to judge.)