The American newspaper has been dying a slow death that is quite painful to watch for the past decade, if not longer. The advent of wireless Internet and its related technologies have meant that advertising dollars are being spent online. Very few companies are willing to spend money on print ads anymore. And unfortunately, news organizations have not found a way to make their websites profitable. This is for a number of reasons. The existence and popularity of both personal and organizational blogs that are free to the public have made it virtually impossible for newspapers to try to charge for their content. In most cases, if readers had to pay to get their news online on certain websites, they would probably just go to the next best thing that will give them similar information for free. The other issue is that they just do not make as much money advertising online for whatever reason. These days, the trend is to ever more user-specific ads on wireless Internet, with companies tracking what websites a person visits in order to target ads to their needs. But revenue levels have failed to meet their print-only days.
You might be wondering, "well, what's so bad about newspapers dying? Wireless Internet has simply changed the game, and now everyone gets their content for free." The truth is, getting information for free could be an amazing development in the news world. But the sad thing is when you consider the overall quality of that information that is being acquired for nothing. This is because as newspapers have ceased to become profitable in their print forms, they have had to lay off loads of staff. They just can not afford to maintain a full newsroom. This means that there are fewer people to do research, to fact check, to develop story ideas, to work on a project for a longer period of time. Only two newspapers in the United States have reporters in Iraq, the New York Times and the Washington Post. The rest of the country simply recycles whatever they hear from these two newspapers, or they're on the Associated Press.
So, if you want good information, where can you turn? Wireless Internet does provide you with some options. There are certain blogs that do their own research, and that are probably worth reading. The main thing to consider is where the blogs are getting their information. Sometimes this kind of writing can be incredibly biased and downright argumentative. In these cases, it is easy to tell that what you are getting is not necessarily straightforward information. But in other cases, writing you will encounter via wireless Internet will appear to be soberly written and factual. In these cases, it might be more difficult to detect the agenda buried in the prose.
Seek out these novel sources of information. And, if you can, it does not hurt to maybe pay for something every once in a while. Buy a magazine subscription, or pay for some content online.