Boycott Buy a Newspaper Day

Don’t buy a newspaper, support online advertising instead!

2 February has set aside as Buy A Newspaper Day in the US.

Just last week, French president Nicholas Sarkozy announced a €600 million package to prop up France’s ailing newspaper industry.

The proposed measures include free newspaper subscription for 18 year-olds, paid partly by the government and partly by the publishers.

This is all utter madness! Why should taxpayers’ money be used to bailed out a flawed industry? What next? A bailout for porn too?

As one blogger wrote, in this split-second electronic communications age it can be argued that newspapers are relics from the “Stone Age” of news dissemination.

So rather than propping up a dead man walking, how about putting your pennies behind the potential offered by online journalism?

We’re not talking about the all-too prevalent rehashing of material that occurs on far too many news websites provide, but rather the sorts of publications that invest time, money and technology in creating original content, often in ground-breaking formats, online.

How can you make a difference? Support online advertising. Learn to love pop ups, click on links and sit through pre-rolls on videos.* You’re just one click away from making a difference!

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Fatboy Slim rocks The End club in London

Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim certainly did Southern Fried Record records proud at the label’s last night at The End.

The night before the night before the last night at the End was blinding. It’s hard to believe that such a legendary club is closing.

How many other clubs in central London would have people queuing in the rain in a line that stretches well over 100 metres to get into a club? Seriously doubt that would happen at Bouji or Mahiki!

I slightly over indulged with my old mate Pam and still haven’t managed to shake of the sensation that I’m about to drop down dead even though I’m in the office today.

One of the things I love about the club is that it’s really interesting to watch the ebb and flow of people between AKA and The End club downstairs.

You can always tell if the crowd isn’t really feeling the DJ downstairs when, the upstairs bar is packed,

I’m certainly gonna miss it. Was tempted to check out Saturday night – Laurent Garnier’s sets at the club are apparently legendary and he’s rumoured to be making an appearance on the closing night – but the way I feel today, reckon I’ll be in bed for the whole weekend!