Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"The Age" Its Decline and C Northcote Parkinson

"The Age" and the rest of Fairfax media company is collapsing at an ever rapid rate. This has been inevitable for some time now. The whole thing and the reasons why are well covered in the mainstream media. What I find interesting is that by reading Professor C Northcote Parkinson one could have foreseen this happening 10 years ago, without knowing anything about "The Age".

About 10 years ago Fairfax closed the Spencer Street printing press and moved to a purpose built 'State of the Art' printing plant located in Tullamarine. The plant is a glass and architecture marvel.

At the time I recalled a quote of Professor Parkinson's.

"Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse."
C. Northcote Parkinson

I wondered if it was relevant in this case. The building was perfect both in appearance and function. The old building in Spencer St continued to house the remaining staff. It is a grimy industrial structure.

As Fairfax and "The Age" continued to deteriorate the company built a beautiful new building for the management and newspaper staff. It too is in Spencer St, however instead of being at the north and dingy end of the street it was built on the corner of Collins and Spencer. With the development of the Docklands the new building is in a commanding position at the juncture of the old and new in Melbourne. It too is an architectural wonder. The exterior and interior being perfectly suited to an enterprise at the height of its powers.

Remember the quote.
"Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse."

What more is there to say?


Mark Bolton said...

""The Age" Its Decline...." you say ? No Mate they are "spearheading the digital future" - dont you read the Fin Review ?

Seriously.There was much merriment in the household over ABC News about the "challenges of the online world" imapacting Fairfax.

This is why I cheerfully subscribe to The Australian. It is also why I buy The Teaching Company courses even though I have already pirated loads of them. I should buy the Bunyip a beer too.

Now if only we could put ABC behind a paywall !!

sfw said...

"Now if only we could put ABC behind a paywall !!"

It would be interesting to see if the supporters of the ABC would put their hands in their pockets and pay for what they like.
Remember the 'It's only 8 cents per day' campaign? What they never stated was that they wanted to take your money and spend it on what they like instead of spending there own money.
These people wouldn't go and steal money from your bank account or enter your house and take 8 cents or any other amount of money. Yet they think it's ok to get the money from you if the government takes it off you.

It's really just theft. The same as a junkie stealing your money to spend it on what he likes. No difference.