In pondering the decline of the newspaper industry, I have picked a quarrel with fellow conservatives who blame the decline on liberal bias. The real problem, I have argued, is that reading itself is on the decline. The publishing world, I have argued, is facing a “demand-side” crisis, because younger generations — raised in an age of electronic media — have failed to acquire the reading habit. (Next time you’re on a plane or train, notice that those under 30 almost never pass the time by reading a newspaper.)
It’s not just newspapers. Book publishers are also fighting market stagnation:
You don’t have to look further than the pages of The New YorkTimesBook Review or the shelves of Borders to see that the market for fiction is shrinking. Even formerly reliable schlock like TV-celebrity memoirs doesn’t do so well anymore. And “the next thing,” as Publishers Weekly editor Sara Nelson notes drily, “is not bloggers writing books.” …Ah, but what if a blogger wrote a book about how nobody reads books anymore? (Just pitching an idea there. Call me, OK?)
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online