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.Clay Shirky
If you are at all concerned/interested/sentient about the death of the Rocky Mountain News and near-death of the San Francisco Chronicle, take a moment to read this spot-on assessment of the state of newspapers, journalism and the Internet. I couldn’t have said it better myself.
(via Jon Taplin’s blog)