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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

R.I.P. Cincinnati Post


at 7/19/07, 4:33 PM Blogger NDirish_scholar said...

What do you all think about the seeming decline of the newspaper industry? Yes, the Enquirer continues to thrive. But for how long?

Is it better or worse for America that we get our information from blogs and internet sites?

I frequent Matt Drudge's page, and I must say, he does a fine job. I for one am glad to see the big media giants go down to the more responsive world wide web.

at 7/19/07, 4:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it bad that, as an Enquirer reader, the only thing I care about is whether the daily comic strips which are printed in the Post will now be published in the Enquirer?

at 7/20/07, 6:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big media is cornering any and all markets. Now is time for journalists to follow 80s music DIY credo and use the Web to unseat the corporate oligopoly.
I will miss Stahler, Nick Clooney, Lonnie Wheeler, C Trent, and the rest of a great group.

at 7/20/07, 9:24 AM Blogger Charles Brubaker said...

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at 7/20/07, 2:39 PM Anonymous kencookusa said...

I was wondering...if this cartoon might be a tribute to the late cartoonist Doug Marlette a brother cartoonist and a Pulitzer Prize winning talent?

at 7/21/07, 12:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

what need is there for papers anymore? why wait a day to get my news when i can get it instantly online? plus, my fingers stay much cleaner.

at 7/22/07, 9:56 PM Blogger Terrence said...

This is just kind of random trivia, but isn't the Post where Watterson's three-week-stint as an editorial cartoonist was?

I frequent Matt Drudge's page, and I must say, he does a fine job.

What on Earth led you to this conclusion???

I really like the THEORY of democratizing the news, really I do, but honestly, in practice it just doesn't work. The intelligent, truly informative work done by a relatively small number of people in the online crowd is completely drowned out by the deafening roar of stupid idiots who blather without bothering to do any research, or agenda-driven loudmouths like Mr. Drudge who think putting on a fedora and constantly crying wolf while spewing invective makes them any more of a "real journalist" than Mallard Fillmore.

Ultimately, effectively reporting the news takes skill, experience, and talent, just like any profession, and the only people fit to be doing it are the ones who possess at least two out of those three qualities in addition to integrity.

The phrase the alternative brings to mind is "The tyranny of the majority."

Big media is cornering any and all markets. Now is time for journalists to follow 80s music DIY credo and use the Web to unseat the corporate oligopoly.

I don't fully disagree with you, but that hasn't exactly worked out for the music industry, has it? The RIAA continues to fight tooth and nail against restructuring itself with a consumer-friendly business model, even in the face of otherwise being destroyed by the black market. And while a few artists have gotten fed up with it and begun challenging their former masters, most are still subject to the corporate will.

That said, people have been predicting the Death of Paper for a long time now, and I still don't see it happening anytime soon.

what need is there for papers anymore?

An additional level of permenance for the truth. It's ultimately easier to utterly destroy or falsify some piece of data if it has no physical manifestations. Can you imagine how many fewer people the Ministry of Truth in 1984 would have had to employ if all of Oceania's data were digital in form? They wouldn't even need Winston and the memory hole‚Äďall the work could be done by Parsons mindlessly punching a 'delete' key.

why wait a day to get my news when i can get it instantly online?

Because, in general, the news you get a day later will probably be more researched and more accurate.

An environment that encourages the abandonment of all but the most instantaneous forms of publishing will lead to a sharp rise in people or agencies running sensational, under-researched pieces that turn out to be so inaccurate as to be worthless, in an attempt to "scoop" each other. Imagine a world where all news media resembles the aforementioned Drudge Report and has even less substance than the 24-hour network ticker. In his wildest nightmares, I'll bet Orwell never envisioned such lunacy.

It will also lead to a decline in overall trustworthiness and objectivity. Outright lies and manipulation propegate faster, farther, and with far less effort the less analogue the transmission medium becomes. What happens when print sources don't exist to check this?

I guess what I'm saying is, unless you're a soulless bean-counter concerned with nothing but the bottom line at the bank, what's wrong with having online publications and print publications designed from the ground up to complement one another? We should have the best of both worlds, with an eye towards minimizing the worst, instead of putting all our eggs in one basket.

The technology of convenience and instant gratification has caused so many of us to forget the value and virtue of patience.

at 7/23/07, 12:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, i think it is just the opposite with regard to being able destroy something that has no "physical manifestations".

as we've seen time and time again, once something is online, it's there for good. regardless of how many times it is erased, somewhere, somehow, it will always exist.

with regard to your comments about accuracy, if anything, it increases the ability of the reader to verify what he/she is reading. if i have a paper in front of me, i have to take what i am reading at face value, whereas if i am reading something online, i can instantly (and more easily) research it and check its validity.

prominent online sources, such as drudge, or widely read blogs, are much more scrutinized for accuracy and truth than most papers, in my opinion. a number of times, ive seen drudge retract stories that turned out to be false.

i check the enquirer's site everyday. stories are continuously updated. what is the benefit of having a physical copy of the enquirer if i can go online and get updated information instantly?

at 7/23/07, 11:50 AM Blogger Wettengel said...

Well until I can easily and quickly take my online paper into the restroom I will still need a paper copy.

I have no idea where newspapers and mainstream media are heading but I bet it is a scary time for them. (as it is for RIAA) I personally still love reading the morning paper but it sure was nice when I lived in DC for the last 10 years to read the enquirer online and now I read the Washington Post when I can.

I think both anon and Terrence make good points. I think the blogosphere puts a lot of unresearched garbage out there but they also catch stories that the mainstream media misses or refuses to report on.

at 7/23/07, 12:07 PM Blogger Charles Brubaker said...


I agree with you 100%. Nice job.

And yes. Bill Watterson had a short-lived stint as an editorial cartoonist for the Post. It lasted 6 months though, instead of 3 weeks as you claimed.

at 7/23/07, 9:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


wireless internet = must have!!!

at 7/25/07, 9:33 AM Blogger Wettengel said...

Interesting article from Wired magazine featuring Gannett and the Cincinnati Enquirer and how they are trying to make money in the new media world.

at 7/25/07, 10:31 AM Anonymous Paul Gardner said...

Another blogger asked "What need is there for newspapers anymore?"

1) Eating breakfast with a lap-top in front of you is rididculous and I hope you spill your coffee all over the keyboard.

2)You can easily open a newspaper at any time, like super-expensive
Starbucks and any bookstore while sipping your favorite brew. It's relaxing.

3)Checking the ads, especially on Sundays. Cutting coupons, if that's your thing.

4)Playing the "Ward Cleaver" role when men (and sometimes women) come home from work and just want to just sit back and relax with the evening paper and a cup of coffee, either before or after dinner.

Computer technology is good but the down sides include chat rooms, an addiction to blogging and too often, frustration because you can't find what you want. Then there's ID theft because you don't really know what your doing. E-mails are superficial. Pick up the phone. Money for toner, copy paper and getting fat sitting in the same old chair for hours everyday, mostly wasting time if you really think about it. For some it's a business ... for others it's a novelty. TMZ ... YOU TUBE. And those damn little pop-ups you have to deal with constantly.

Sometimes you just got to settle your nerves and sit back and "read the newspaper."

at 7/26/07, 1:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) im a college student. what's breakfast?

2)no money for starbucks, who has time to read books, and i can read the news while keeping my fingers ink free

3)if i want ads, ill turn my pop-up blocker off. i never use coupons, but when i do, i print them online

4)who is "ward cleaver"?

at 12/26/07, 9:44 PM Anonymous Steve said...

I hate to disagree - The Enquirer is not at all the paper it used to be. I always enjoyed the Post - but the Post is a casualty of today's economics. Everything has to be a monopoly today to exist.
You will soon see newspaper, TV station and radio stations in the same market owned by the same company. I think that is very sad.

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