Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable
Mar 23, 2009, 16:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clay Shirky)
"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.
"When we shift our attention from 'save newspapers' to 'save
society', the imperative changes from 'preserve the current
institutions' to 'do whatever works.' And what works today isn't
the same as what used to work."