What PB 2.0 Should NOT Overlook
PB 2.0 discussions have died down a bit. But there's a point needing to be made about that potential -- news, sports, weather, information people need, delivered easily to them.
(And legal notices about the crap the corporations are pulling shouldn't be buried among the classifieds in the agate, either.)
The Internet is NOT yet all-pervasive, but one of the things that could draw readers / users/ voters / community activists to the Internet, and thus into discussions and a community, is to provide the services local news no longer offers (book reviews, as a for instance).
Give people something they want and they'll be more likely to want what you give them.
Don't give up the "community news" aspect, is all I'm saying. Weekly and semi-weekly papers in rural areas aren't faring well financially these days, but you're not hearing about massive layoffs there (at least in part because the owners/editors mostly don't have six-figure salaries to protect, but I digress) like you are at the big papers and chains.
People want to know about what's happening in their communities. Newspapers and newsletters -- the weekly mailer from your church is such a source -- are a way of tying communities together and keeping those ties viable and lively.
Let's talk about that some more, here, may we?