Titled “No News Is Bad News,” it’s about how the predicament of local media in this state has gone “from bad to worse,” what “a world without news really looks like,” and, specifically, how “the marriage of GateHouse and Gannett looms like an Angel of Death over what’s left of the local media landscape.”
If you and other people like you don’t help us, if you don’t boost independent journalism beyond NPR and resultantly leave the few of us who remain on the battlefield alone to find solutions by rubbing the few resources available together and wishing on a star—then guess what, we’re going to burn out.
Over the holiday weekend, my wife and I had occasion to take the commuter rail out to Dedham to a family gathering in memory of loved ones who have left us. As we walked the mile to my cousin’s place—through middle-class suburban streets nearly bereft of foot traffic (and, in some places, sidewalks)—I looked at the many houses we passed. And thought about the fact that, despite their generally tidy exteriors and the lush greenery all around them, we were walking through a “news desert” in formation.
The week Commonwealth residents looked at the encroaching national apocalypse and said, ‘Us too!’