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Jeff Bercovici sat down with Gawker’s Nick Denton in an interview for Playboy:

PLAYBOY: Speaking of the establishment, what will The New York Times look like in 10 years? Will it exist? Will the Sulzberger family still own it, or will they have sold it, perhaps to Michael Bloomberg?

DENTON: The New York Times will exist. Someone else will own it. Most families, the more generations they are from the original founder, the more fragmented the ownership, and eventually the nephews, grandnieces and great-great-grandchildren want their money now. They’d rather take the purchase price than zero dividends. I think the Times has bottomed out, and now, even though the signs are mixed, it will be able to put on more in digital revenue than it loses in print. Or I hope so, because I like the Times. There should be at least one or two survivors. Even when a major disaster kills most life on earth, usually a few species survive. Dinosaurs survived and became birds. Maybe that’s the future of The New York Times: It will be the survivor of the dinosaurs, the little tweeting thing you see flying around.

The entire interview is well worth your time.

Rhymes With “Douchebag”

Adrian Chen of Gawker writes that “tech news is so phenomenally boring”. A story of mine, Facebook’s iPad app being hidden inside of the iPhone app, is the prime example used.

Nevermind that Chen is complaining about tech news not really being “news” while writing a story that is even less “news” in the name of pageviews. We all do that sometimes.

Nevermind that Chen is writing his story for a site that routinely covers the private lives of tech individuals as “news”. 

What irks me here, though only ever so slightly, is that Chen is essentially telling people what they should find interesting. People are interested in Facebook and in the iPad. Should they not be because it’s not as important as the potential collapse of the economy if the debt ceiling isn’t raised? 

Maybe people should stop having any interests.

Technology — including yes, Facebook and the iPad — is an ever-growing part of everyones’ lives. Not surprisingly, many people like reading about it. They want to stay up to date on the latest happenings, no matter how trivial they may seem to others. I know that even if I hadn’t written that story, I would have read the shit out of it. So sue me.

This was a legitimate tech story. It wasn’t “Osama Bin Laden Dead Viagra Cialis Attorney Porn Fetish Gaga Bieber”.

And it certainly wasn’t tech news about tech news about tech news about tech news.

Update: A really important update.