The Iceman And The Blacksmith

Whither thou goest olde media.

At The New Yorker, John Cassidy writes about The New Public Interest Journalism:

Lately, there’s been a lot of coverage of well-known journalists launching their own Web sites or going it alone with their existing ones: Glenn Greenwald, Nate Silver, Ezra Klein, and the All Things Digital crew come to mind. Now there’s an unlikely addition to the field: Bill Keller, the former executive editor and columnist of the Times. On Sunday, Keller announced he was leaving the paper to lead an online startup devoted to covering the criminal justice system.

This dovetails in with this premise on American stagnation,

We care about innovation so much not simply because we like new stuff, although we certainly do. As the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray observed, “Novelty has charms that our mind can hardly withstand.” Some of us can hardly withstand the allure of new gadgets; others are charmed by the latest fashion styles or places to see and be seen. From an economist’s perspective, satisfying these desires is great—taking care of consumer demand is usually seen as a good thing. But innovation is also the most important force that makes our society wealthier.

Like America said in “Desert Horse With No Name” the ocean is just a desert with its life underground, I think we miss a lot of the changes and innovations that are occurring because we don’t know what to look for. The traditional mediums, due to their prominence, do the high wire act of moving into the communications revolution, because I think that FaceBook and Twitter are more about communication than information, where everyone can see and judge the success or failure of their efforts, while start ups have the luxury of failing in their own vacuums. I can see where the traditional medias would fade into obscurity and irrelevance, I don’t however, see the necessity of them doing so.


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