While I’m shaking off this bug . . .

. . . help yourself to some more sober, somber and hopeful links about the newspaper business and the media industries.

There’s no way to sugar-coat the latest news about the news even as I try to remain upbeat about journalists reinventing their careers.

The San Francisco Chronicle could be history. Far too many old media types remain clueless about Web journalism. And the debate over paid online journalism content rambles on.

Media historian Paul Starr bids adieu to the Age of Newsapers and fears an era of corruption will result.

It’s a long, mournful piece, although not quite as much s Gary Kamiya’s that I blogged about on Monday, but I haven’t had time to absorb it all with this very bad cold that’s growing worse.

On the more hopeful spectrum, Mark Cuban offers his thoughts on how the cable and satellite industries can save newspapers. At the We Media conference underway in Miami, here’s a bold assertion that creative destruction needs to shake us out of our institutional doldrums.

Longtime Seattle Post-Intelligencer sports columnist Art Thiel ponders his future as his newspaper is facing closure, and manages to inject some humor into an otherwise rotten subject:

“I think I could be a pretty good pool boy for a wealthy widow.”

Off to get some chicken noodle soup and some rest . . .

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