Interesting piece by Sven Eberlein on Daily Kos, on Lost Weekend and the value of local.

He’s not a foe of either the Internet or Netflix, he writes, but Lost Weekend’s trouble staying alive raises questions. “What I think is worth pondering, however, is whether our relentless pursuit to make everything available to us at the click of a mouse or the drop in the mail comes at a cost that often goes unnoticed: The loss of connection to our immediate environment and our community.”

Read the complete essay here. It’s worth the time.

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I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born and raised. Like many local news outlets, The Tribune no longer exists. I left daily newspapers after working at The New York Times for the business, foreign and city desks. Lucky for all of us, it is still there.

As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

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