Captain Edward John Smith

Posted By The Editors On Sunday, July 31st, 2011 With 0 Comments

Captain Edward John Smith is the pen name of a veteran magazine executive who has been working in the industry for close to twenty years, and watching it drift towards the On deck with Captain Edward John Smithlooming icebergs ahead for at least the last ten.  The name was chosen because the original Captain Smith was an English ship’s captain and the commanding officer of the RMS Titanic who perished when the ship sank in 1912.  Our Captain Smith has actively tried to sound the alarms for quite some time, warning his colleagues that practices such as giving away all their content online would not be the path to robust profit, espousing very narrow political opinions in general interest newspapers and magazines would alienate at least half the potential audience, and playing “where’s the walnut?” with circulation numbers would eventually bring the game to an end. Alas, he continues to be a prophet scorned in his own time, but he has agreed to make the occasional contribution on the media to These New Times and other publications as the warning sirens continue to blare.