Tampa Bay Times soliciting citizen lobbyists.

Print is dead. Newspapers peddle in disposable news: important today; old news tomorrow. The Internet would be a natural fit for the format, but newspapers never kept up with the times -- either you structure yourself to the permanency of the medium of print, or you realize you are appealing to short-term memory and just make the permanent leap to the Internet.

Mind you, I think there is a future for print, but not the way it is being done now. Journalism articles in academia works well for that profession. I used to subscribe to the New England Journal of Medicine as an undergrad, and I kept most of those issues. I have all sort of academic journals in my collection, from Critical Review (where I had a journal article published) to others that deal with topics from music education to genocide.

But newspapers are in trouble, and the current threat to tariffs in print has gotten many in the industry running scared.

The Chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times made a plea -- basically trying to rally readers as troops to lobby their government officials to demand something that benefits the newspaper.

The lines have been blurred as of late to the point those in the industry honestly believe they can use their vehicle to force both readers and politicians to bend to their will. It is inappropriate: the point of the newspaper is to provide facts; not try to get free lobbyists to save them from the destruction of their own making...