UniversalHub and co are having a rally in defense of the Boston Globe. And while I think a good newspaper is a good thing, and will probably feel nostalgic for it, I wonder if there’s really much left to save. It’s already, de facto, a regional edition of the New York Times. You might as well acknowledge that, and cut it back to a metro desk and local art coverage, and just run wire stories. At which point it would be… well… a daily version of the Phoenix or the Dig.
And there are plenty of people who would really cheer if the Globe shut down entirely: Paper Economy blames it as being a cheerleader of the corrupt, sinful, unsustainable practices of the past fifteen years of economic malfeasance.