Buttle's World

14 March, 2009

Society Doesn’t Need Newspapers

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 19:30

What we need is journalism.

That is what real revolutions are like. The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place. The importance of any given experiment isn’t apparent at the moment it appears; big changes stall, small changes spread. Even the revolutionaries can’t predict what will happen. Agreements on all sides that core institutions must be protected are rendered meaningless by the very people doing the agreeing. (Luther and the Church both insisted, for years, that whatever else happened, no one was talking about a schism.) Ancient social bargains, once disrupted, can neither be mended nor quickly replaced, since any such bargain takes decades to solidify.

Read the whole thing. Well worth your time. I, for one, wonder if my daughter will even remember newspapers by the time she’s a grandma.

Update:

Count me in with those who won’t miss them much.

Further Updates:

I’ll start collecting a few reasons why newspapers are dying in addition to the great ones detailed in the above link. Like this.

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