- "On paper, San Francisco is perfect: a Web-centric town, a cash-drain daily, and private ownership. ...
"All of this requires big thinking — and spending enough to create networks of local sites and a giant local portal. And it will take a brave man or woman to pull the plug on the presses.
"It almost takes a William Randolph Hearst."
But this idea of going "paperless" isn't out of left field for Hearst Corp. In Seattle, where Hearst's Post-Intelligencer is in a joint operating agreement with the Seattle Times, talk of a "paperless" P-I abounded when the two partners got into a legal dispute earlier this year. Here's a link to a Seattle Times article from April 1 where the logistics of a "paperless" paper were analyzed.