“Buying the newest hardcover…not very smart,” says a helpful article in the Baltimore Sun. Huh? The same newspaper that just unloaded their Books Editor (in the same industry that constantly wails, “help us! Print is dying!”) encouraged its online readers yesterday to avoid buying books (among other things). Apparently, this is one of the easiest ways for the paper to help its readers trim expenses during this current economic climate. Should we not buy newspapers or magazines as well? Well, they didn’t say that…
The Sun lists a whole slew of things to avoid in these difficult times: buying movies, eating out, going to bars—even owning a pet (time to give up Fido—“Sure, your four-legged friend may be fun and loving, but between food, vet bills and toys, how much are they really costing you?”). They make some good points (stop buying $10 packs of cigarettes, stay within the speed limit to avoid having to pay speeding tickets), but many of the things they warn against seem plain silly. It appears that nobody is paying attention to editorial content at the paper anymore.