Not Your Father’s Newspaper

Once upon a time, the Star Tribune Op-Ed page was a must-read forum where Twin Cities leaders aired and exchanged ideas (including a couple pieces contributed by yours truly).

As advertising migrated online and newspapers began their epic decline, the Star Tribune Op-Ed page instead became a forum for recycled opinion pieces first published by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other leading national publications.

Sometimes with as much as a two-week lag (ouch!).

Even with that downward trajectory in mind, it was a shock to pick up today’s Star Trib Op-Ed page — from the flagship Sunday edition, no less — and find  . . . practically  nothing.

To be specific, a bland house editorial, a bunch of letters to the editor, and what looked like an article that got lost and wound up in the wrong section of the paper.

Steak & Potatoes vs.  . . . Popcorn??

To be sure, other forums have popped up to take the Star Trib’s place; I’d hardly says there’s a vacuum of online content.

But, there’s a difference between “checking in” to Facebook–type social chatter, and chewing on big, challenging ideas.

And while industry-killer Google (“Don’t be evil”) and its ubiquitous search engine have contributed a great deal to modern culture — how’d you find this post, hmm?? — it has also taken away something that isn’t likely to be soon replaced.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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