What do Craig's List, Greer's OC and Townhall.com all have in common?
Each is a mortal threat to newspapers.
Craig's List ( http://www.craigslist.com ) which provides free and comprehensive classified advertising in most major cities of the US and does so for free. It is overwhelmingly the choice of young web users, an classified ad revenue for newspapers is as a result an endangered species of profit.
GreersOC ( http://www.greersoc.com ) is a micro-marketing site and newsletter pitching high end retail in the OC. (Greer's a friend of mine as is her husband, facts a lefty blogger thought it outrageous that I didn't mention when I posted about her site on my blog.) She's already sold six months of ads to the biggest names in the OC because they know hers is a high touch marketing ploy, as opposed to the low or non-existence touch rate for newspaper print ads in this era of declining circulation.
And Townhall.com is not only a one stop shopping center for news and opinion, it is now home --in its third week-- to more than 1,000 new blogs, a blog community that will grow and grow as Townhall.com penetrates further and further into the reading demographic that also wants to participate, but not according to old media's rules or who can no longer endure the MSM’s many left-wing biases.
But don't believe me. Believe the numbers.