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If there is “glocal news” could “glocal novels” be next?

In this scary article in the NY Times, Maureen Dowd looks at a guy who has outsourced a newspaper to India.

“He pioneered “glocal” news — outsourcing Pasadena coverage to India at Pasadena Now, his daily online “newspaperless,” as he likes to call it. Indians are writing about everything from the Pasadena Christmas tree-lighting ceremony to kitchen remodeling to city debates about eliminating plastic shopping bags. … He fired his seven Pasadena staffers — including five reporters — who were making $600 to $800 a week, and now he and his wife direct six employees all over India on how to write news and features, using telephones, e-mail, press releases, Web harvesting and live video streaming from a cellphone at City Hall. “I pay per piece, just the way it was in the garment business,” he says. “A thousand words pays $7.50.””

Let’s just hope they don’t have writers in India watching MTV and Gossip Girl and drafting the next YA novel.



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