I going to start a grassroots Internet movement. Wanna join me?
The issue at hand:
Knight Ridder's websites suck.
And I've come to believe that their sucky-ness poses a serious threat to our democracy.
It's like this: Knight-Ridder is like the biggest daily newspaper chain in the country. Say what you will about them, how they've cut back on news operations, and they're the death of the Fourth Estate, or whatever. But the fact is they're still huge, they're still stacked with tons of hard-working journalists, and if they fail to transition into the 21st Century, and they go down, we're all in big trouble.
The Kay Barneses and Matt Blunts of the world will be free to breed and dominate in complete darkness!
And recent news suggests that they're not only going down, but that they've sunk, what with their sale to old man McClatchy. So perhaps my urge for an online revolution is at once too late and premature.
But the immediate threat remains. The websites for one of the biggest news organizations in the world suck, and our very freedom is in danger.
So I ask you, Are you with me?
Is it possible to start with one little post read by a few dozen people and ultimately force a mega-corporation to face the media future and give us websites we can use and depend on?
I'll go more into specific reasons why the websites suck later (as if you need me to tell you). And we can talk later about strategy.
For now I just want to know if there are any willing comrades out there.