Was surfing around the news after Apple's WWDC announcements, and ran across this article on wired. <a class="postlink" href="http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/06/new-york-times-forces-apple-to-pull-popular-pulse-ipad-newsreader/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/06/ ... es+2%29%29</a> In a nutshell, Pulse is a phenomenal iPad RSS application that shows RSS feeds on the iPad. It comes with pre-configured links to some of the more popular RSS feeds, including the NYT RSS. The NYT saw their RSS feed on Steve Jobs demo (pic above), and somebody in their legal department got the fucked up notion that Pulse was somehow profiting (at $4 a shot) from the repackaging and re-selling of the NYT news feed. My first reaction was to laugh at the New York TImes' stupidity, and incredible lack of grok. Then I cried. The state of the "media" in this country is going to shit. The reporting is, for the most part, crap. It seems to me to be all overly sensationalized and is more a "look over here!" competition rather than an actual source of real news. And let's not even talk about the bullshit political agendas the various outlets are trying to push through. Ahh, the good old days. (Yes, get the fuck off my lawn!) I remember when CNN used to be a reputable and effective news source. The turning point was the Gulf War coverage, which was incredible. Here we were, sitting in our living rooms, eating dinner and having a beer, while watching live warfare on television from half-way around the world. That was revolutionary, and we couldn't stop watching. And there was none of the "Situation Room" crap, it was just straight up live video feeds and intelligent and relevant commentary. Then the next thing you know we watched 2 hours of a white Bronco being followed by 20 police cars at 20 mph, and everything went to shit. As much as the television media is bad, the worst off seem to be the newspapers. It seems that all you hear is how the classic institutions such as the NYT are slowly and painfully dieing, and how it's almost the end of an era. These last-minute attempts by to try and change their revenue models and adjust to the current state of technology and end-user habits is almost sad to watch. It's like watching carriage makers trying to deal with the advent of the automobile... sadly inevitable. Personally, I have no use for newspapers, and wish they'd just die off already. The sooner they're gone, the sooner something will effectively take their place or force them to reinvent themselves. FOCUS: Discuss the current state of the media. What's broken? Who's doing it right? If you were running news organizations, what would you do to stay alive? ALT-FOCUS: Where do you get your news from? What are your news gathering habits? Still read the paper on the john in the morning, or do you surf Google News on the commute to work?