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Jeff Bezos of amazon.com has committed $250 million to buying The Washington Post

Jeff Bezos of amazon.com has committed $250 million to buying The Washington Post

The recent news that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post left a lot of people scratching their heads.

Why would one of the most successful leaders of online commerce invest in a “dying” industry like newspapers?

There’s a short answer to this: to paraphrase Mark Twain, the death of newspapers has been greatly exaggerated.

I don’t say this just as someone who has written travel pieces for a good number of newspapers over the years — including The Washington Post — and to some extent still do. Or as someone who cut his journalistic teeth in newsrooms from Ann Arbor to Long Island to Miami. Or as someone who still reads newspapers myself.

I also acknowledge that much of my current work is done in the digital realm, including this blog.

But then, much… Continue reading

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According to government and private surveys:

  • Leading-edge baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1955) and seniors account for four out of every five dollars spent on luxury travel today.
  • Roughly half the consumer spending money in the U.S.--more than $2 trillion--is in the hands of leading-edge baby boomers and seniors.
  • Baby boomers (born 1946-1964) travel more than any other age group.
  • When asked what they would most like to spend their money on, baby boomers answered “travel” more than any other category, including improving their health or finances.

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