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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 14 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age (Paperback)
I really looked forward to reading this but on doing so found it to be a major disappointment. The subtitle is 'Newspapers, journalism and the business of news in the digital age' - well, the first 70 pages are irrelevant to that. A very nicely written history of the press, which is quite impressive but containing little new, little in way of new thinking and not really the link to the digital age that the author was aiming for. It is true that the long decline of newspaper circulation began in the late '50s but Brock doesn't provide enough on the reasons for this and misses some key points.

Brock really should have used his skills as an editor on the rest because it is a bit of a mish-mash of (admittedly interesting) material which gets quite boring with its style - on the one hand surveys say this but on the other... There are some good parts but they tend to get lost in the statistics and the tendency to write small sections, rather like lists. It is a collection of material rather than in-depth research. It lacks a cohesive argument and really doesn't do enough on the business side and fails to put this into the context of the wider economic system at play at particular times. A missed opportunity.

* Interesting and rather absurd 'Publisher's Note' in the book.
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