A scent of the future

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    Maxwell Macleod
    Midlothian

    I am the publisher of Scotlandquovadis.net and must first express my thanks to both Kenneth Roy and Newsnet Scotland for helping us to kick off last week….

    Maxwell Macleod
    Midlothian

    I am the publisher of Scotlandquovadis.net and must first express my thanks to both Kenneth Roy and Newsnet Scotland for helping us to kick off last week.

    Around 700 hits so far, not fantastic, but by no means awful.  Many thanks also to Joan MacAlpine, Andy Wightman, Lesley Riddoch, Hugh Kerr, James Wilkie and Patrick Harvey for the initial essays.

    Some superb stuff there.

    The last person to post on this site said that they didn’t think that the printed press would be entirely wiped out.   Possibly not, it may survive – but not as we know it Captain Kirk, not as we know it.  Last week-end I was asked to pay, I think, £2.50 for a hard copy of the Financial Times; I used to buy four newspapers most days.  Broad projection to five years hence and people paying £3000 a year for their papers which are delivering a tired version of the news?  I think not Mr Kirk, I think not.

    OK, my figures may be absurd, but you take my point.

    No, I think that newspapers are pretty much finished in their old form.  Maybe the Scotsman and Herald will still be stumbling along in five years time.  If so, it will be with low circulations and at high cost per copy and delivered, ordered, to homes in leafy avenues.  Newspaper boys selling The Herald on street corners at £3 a copy? Aye right.

    So quo vadis?

    I have been much abused for using Latin in the name of our site, but it’s critical in what we are trying to do, deliver something worth reading.  Elitist? Possibly, but what do you want?  Scotland where tae, with a bit of soft porn thrown in?  Without tight quality, who’s going to bother reading it?

    I haven’t been reading on line independents largely because they were mostly rubbish.  So in order to make these new e-papers work I believe the way ahead is acknowledged ‘Good guys’ such as Mr Kenneth Roy delivering heavily edited feed back to comment, delivered in the person’s real name.

    This has been happening with, for example, Scottish Review.  I thought Mr Roy’s incisive comment during the election process was nothing less than thrilling.  He kept it short and pithy, it was being delivered several times a day and you could sense his passion as the narrative was revealed.

    There was a scent of the future about it.{jcomments on}