Wise ink spilled over the death of newspapers

When the dust is settled, who will be proud that newspapers were unable to support themselves? What will take their place? Clay Shirky thinks we’re asking the wrong questions:

…When someone demands to know how we are going to replace newspapers, they are really demanding to be told that we are not living through a revolution. They are demanding to be told that old systems won’t break before new systems are in place. They are demanding to be told that ancient social bargains aren’t in peril, that core institutions will be spared, that new methods of spreading information will improve previous practice rather than upending it. They are demanding to be lied to.

Strong words… Via edge

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