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In Defense of Tabloids

Tom Scocca writes in the Washington Post:

Before it was an insult, “tabloid” was (and remains) a format: the cheaper, more portable challenger to the ponderous broadsheets of record. Now that challenge comes instead from the limitlessly cheap and portable Internet, and the once-big papers have trimmed their print editions to something not far from the disreputable tabloid size. The Senate commerce committee last week held hearings into the “future of journalism” — will there be any room for the civic-minded, money-losing newspapers in the opinion-heavy, aggregation-minded, free-for-all of new media? If the “legacy media,” as newspapers such as this one were called at that hearing, want to last longer than the Enquirer thinks Oprah will, perhaps they have something to learn from how the tabloids do business.

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