Shirky tells us what’s going to happen to newspapers

This article is well written, concise, accurate and persuasive.  Shirky quickly dispenses with red herrings and distracting side issues with brief yet compelling examples, all the while driving his main point home with historical analogues.  Newspapers are so doomed.  If you know any journalists, they need to see this.

Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky

… newspaper people often note that newspapers benefit society as a whole. This is true, but irrelevant to the problem at hand; “You’re gonna miss us when we’re gone!” has never been much of a business model…

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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  1. […] Last.fm decided to force the subscription model on most of the world.  Just ask a newspaper how well this business plan is going for […]


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