Friday, July 11, 2008

Information Revolutions

My column this week attempts to put newspapers' current problems into a broader historical context.

Those working in the newspaper business are well aware that major changes are afoot. Advertising revenue is collapsing, newsrooms are hemorrhaging staff members, and the quality of the journalism being done at most publications is sinking to a depressingly low common denominator. These developments are causing many reporters to despair and resign themselves to slowly sinking into the sea as the battered and broken organizations they work for take on water like the Titanic.

Not me. I see plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

The seismic shifts going on in today's media industry are not unprecedented. They're just bigger and coming faster than the changes most people are accustomed to. The media isn't the only aspect of society being affected by the increasing pace of change in today's world, but it does happen to be an area that is undergoing a fundamental reorganization.

Check out the rest of my column on the DI's main site.

1 comment:

Jon Gold said...

Newspapers are hiring people who do investigative journalism like they're hiring cave painters. Fundamental reorganizations might be inevitable, and sometimes for the best, but they invariably leave casualties strewn in their wake.

You know, maurauding around as they do. They're like paradigmatic bandits, knifing paradigms and robbing their dependents. Bastards.