As noted by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd recently, an online news daily called Pasadena Now covers city happenings using writers in India—who work for $7.50 per thousand words, compared to the $600 to $800 per week that publisher James McPherson had been paying the five reporters that outsourcing allowed him to fire.

Macpherson admits you can lose something in the translation—the Pasadena City Council Webcast that the Indian reporters now watch once missed two African-American lawmakers walking out in protest—but says the question is, how significant is it?