It’s Thursday. Normally a DCG day on the Independent. There’s young Henri Caruana (from forum Malta ghall-Ewropa) giving us a factoid article about the free skies (I wonder if anyone at Air Malta read it), there’s Clare Azzopardi from the NECC reminding us that we are now in the heart of Europe, but there’s no sign of DCG.
With all due respect to Henri and Clare, the articles in the Indy are nothing more than research assignments. There’s not much that smacks of opinion column in them. Gradually the Indy is slipping into being an executive magazine. Throw in some articles from the News Syndicates, get some footie geek to scrounge up a sports page, a little bit of classified and one or two news items on the front page: ta-da it’s the Indy. Daphne remains (remained?) the only reason to read the paper (and I do not say buy it because the net suffices).
I have been told once or twice about the economic weight behind the existence of the Indy. Businessmen need their daily voice it seems. Good enough. But when the boat starts to sink you end up quoting blog posts in full (and not one but at least four) on your Sunday rather than the more conventional paragraph/phrase quotes (accompanied by commentaries) that has become the habit on the international press. I’ve seen village papers in Kent with more interesting items overall than in the Indy. Something must be amiss… do we smell the demise of another paper?
And for heaven’s sake… where’s Daphne? Now there’s someone who should have their own blog by now.
PS: And the first one to describe Friday Wisdom as an interesting column gets to listen to the MLPN anthems for a hundred times without pause.