The Real Reason Google Threatens the Existence of Newspapers

Online Journalism Review has some reactions to Sam Zell’s complaint that Google is stealing newspapers’ content. Included are some interesting comments on how Google helps newspapers, along with this statement:

“Google is a significant threat, but not because it’s “stealing” newspaper content. They’re rolling up a lot of local small business money that newspapers can and should be chasing. We’re not going to get that business by sitting around in our newspaper offices and wishing for the return of sideburns and bell-bottom trousers. We need to be out creating new solutions and coming up with better ideas.”