If the medium is the message, as Marshall McLuhan said, then the message of print journalism is "yesterday's news today in a format that smudges your fingers." Or, as succinctly put by Mr. Shirky,

    Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide “Click to buy” is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really.

And that's something that doesn't make sense to me: why does everyone focus on what the newspaper is printed on? Everyone cries about the death of journalism and then points to newspapers. Meanwhile, CNN scans Reddit all day and summarizes it for the over-50 crowd at the top and the bottom of the hour. This is why I gave NSFWCorp a big chunk of change: I believe the purpose of journalism is to investigate. Any fool can contextualize - in the age of wordpress punditry has no entry fee. But to actually get boots-on-ground and learn shit? That's a service I'm willing to pay for. I think nearly everybody would be if you put it to them this simply:

"3rd Estate on Kickstarter! Rather than simply regurgitate social media posts at each other, we go outside with cameras and recorders and take notes. Stuff we see with our own eyes we report. Come to your own conclusions based on first-hand information. Investigative journalism: the future of media."

And now they're Pando and they're reading Twitter just like everybody else.

Goddamn it, I've guilted myself into giving money to Robert Parry again. Maybe you should too.

posted by mk: 1607 days ago