“CHANGE comes very slowly, but then happens all at once,” observed David Carr, the New York Times’ media reporter, about the television business last year. As usual, his words proved prescient, capturing not only the upheavals that are now typical of this trade, but also the turn of his own life, and the paper he now leaves behind. On February 12th Mr Carr died at the Times offices, due to complications with lung cancer. At 58 he was one of the Times’ best-known reporters.
I met Mr Carr when I took over the media beat for The Economist, in the summer of 2012. His opinions were unfailingly sharp and confident, but in the Times café he appeared somewhat fragile, raising forkfuls of coffee cake with a shaky hand. Though his years of alcohol and drug addiction were behind him, they had left their mark. Yet his prose never wobbled. His writing was incisive, crisp and principled. His “Media...Continue reading