Thought this article, Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable, tied in with my previous one about textbooks. A good read. Great discussion starter.
Here are a few snippets to get you interested:
One of the people I was hanging around with online back then was Gordy Thompson, who managed internet services at the New York Times. I remember Thompson saying something to the effect of “When a 14 year old kid can blow up your business in his spare time, not because he hates you but because he loves you, then you got a problem.”Clay Shirky, the author of the article, wrote the book, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations.
Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism. For a century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable. That’s been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as it is stopping before our eyes, we’re going to need lots of other ways to strengthen journalism instead.
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