the san francisco bay guardian‘s editor, tim redmond, has been drinking something funny lately, resulting in him ranting against craigslist:
The problem with that is simple: When Craig comes to town (and he’s coming to just about every town in the nation soon), the existing community institutions â€“ say, the locally owned weekly newspaper â€“ have a very hard time competing. In many ways, he’s like a Wal-Mart â€“ yeah, landlords get cheaper real estate ads, and consumers find some bargains, but the money all goes out of town. And he puts nothing back into the community: He doesn’t, for example, hire reporters or serve as a community watchdog.
… because his paper is losing classified ad revenue. wah, wah, my business model is obsolete!
Anil Dash told him to jump off a cliff. Well, Anil was much nicer. And more eloquent.