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  • I've spent more than 25 years at the intersection of traditional and digital journalism. I've helped to invent ways to read and interact with the news and advertising on computer screens and iPads, and before that, I wrote news stories on typewriters and six-ply paper. I co-founded WashingtonPost.com and hyperlocal pioneers Backfence.com and GrowthSpur; served as editor of Philly.com; taught media entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland; and have done product-development and strategy consulting for all sorts of media and Internet companies and startups. You can read more about me here.

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December 27, 2006



Last night I dreamed that two ghosts tried to sell me a magic elixir made from poinsettia leaves, so I'm pretty impressed already with the coherent level of your dreaming.

None of this sounds too unrealistic to me. Maybe not for tomorrow. But it is possible in the future.

With the state of newspapers, there will be a lot of pressure on public companies to sell, and a lot of private buyers looking for bargains.

If you'd said any other company than The Post, perhaps your dream would be more prophetical. Hard to work around that special stock structure they've got going for them.

Mark Potts

Thanks for your comment. The Post's stock structure is immaterial: I was suggesting that the company itself could decide to spin off the newspaper, not that there would be any outside pressure to do so. I also think this scenario is extremely unlikely, because of the Grahams' sterling commitment to Washington and journalism. But a logical business case could be made that a spinoff would be beneficial to the family company.

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