Gannett: 'managing entropy'

Dateline: Mon 11 Apr 2011

From David Carr's insightful New York Times article tomorrow, analyzing what's wrong with Gannnett (piggy bonuses for big pig bosses, furloughs for the rest of the working stiffs, no sense of news, no staff to cover news if there is a sense of it, and, of course, late to the digital table, like all publishing dynasties  -- among other problems), comes this insightful observation:

"Ken Doctor, an analyst at Outsell and the author of 'Newsonomics,' suggested that Gannett is mostly in the business of managing entropy.

“'There has not been a lot of strategy other than cost-cutting to maintain profits and some small bets in digital that have not had any significant impact yet,' he said"

Entropy, defined:

A measure of the disorder or randomness in a closed system

A measure of the loss of information in a transmitted message.

The tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to evolve toward a state of inert uniformity.

Inevitable and steady deterioration of a system or society.

Read the whole spiel --


hendy [Member] said:

Oink oink no union oink oink shareholders oink oink ceo pay ceo pay oink oink oink. Shareholders oink oink smaller newspapers oink oink no staff oink oink ceo pay oink.

2011-04-11 18:48:15

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

"The readers in towns and cities that are served by Gannett newspapers are finding a lot less news when they open up the morning paper."

No truer words were ever printed!

Not only is the size of the paper shrinking, but the words on the page are often written by people who wouldn't recognize a local news story if it bit 'em.

2011-04-11 20:38:19

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

God I LOVE our language. Sometimes a word comes along that is so genuine, so pure, that you can't say anything else. Entropy. What a great word. It fits Gannett perfectly.

I'm getting t-shirts printed:

"I used to read a newspaper. Now I read entropy."

But that's too many words on a t-shirt, isn't it?

What about:


It's a work in progress. Or:

"1980: Picas. Serif.
2011: Entropy. SO Sans Serif. Sans everything."

2011-04-12 07:41:32

citizenx [unverified] said:


FYI.....My neighbor, J D Cannon of WFMS got fired yesterday. He just renewed his contract with them in January. They cited insubordination because he played some songs from their library in addition to the playlist. Looks like they wanted to eliminate his salary. He has a 6 month non-compete. Sucks

2011-04-12 08:39:37

hendy [Member] said:

TTT- go to and make your own t-shirt. Might sell. Ya never know.

2011-04-12 09:18:47

indykjsharp [unverified] said:

I remember entropy from astronomy class as being a possible end-of-the-world scenario in which everything gets so hot it can no longer sustain life, or something like that.

2011-04-12 12:55:49

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Thanks, Hendy! A dearly-departed friend, who passed away in December, has a dream to open a t-shirt business with me. We collected funny sayings for the shirts. Some were crude. Some were not.

"I see gay people."

"Screw milk. Got pot?" (Stolen and used)

"My Karma just ate your Dogma."

"Turn and cough"

"Rules are for Losers"

I got a million of 'em.

2011-04-12 14:12:25

hendy [Member] said:

TTT-- Use them! We need aphorisms and chuckles, what with so much insanity to sort through on a daily basis. Today: an AB380 clips a commuter jet. Cisco throws in the towel on its Flip Video acquisition. The Budget Nightmare continues. Redistricting in Indiana puts the meander in gerrymander. Donald Trump proves his mettle by announcing he's a birther. It's all insane. Give humor, it's very inexpensive.

2011-04-12 18:13:45

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