Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The nostalgia of the hyperlocal

Andrew Grant Adamson has been missing from the blogosphere for some time now but he is back and in a brilliant post reminds us why the concept of hyperlocal may still work

The area of Suffolk where I live looked ideal, one small town and several large villages with no strong presence of weekly newspapers. In my nostalgic view of traditional newspapers it looked good enough to provide work for a couple of journalists with an army of of contributors and a couple of people to look after the office and advertising
but the reality is

Patterns of work, life and leisure in the English countryside have changed. Fifty years ago most people lived close to their work: now mid Suffolk has one of the highest proportions in England of people commuting out of the area to work. They also travel further for cinema, music and to eat out.

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