Monday, March 16, 2009

The death of the newspaper

Via Sullivan, an uncompromising autopsy of the newspaper industry by Clay Shirky. My favorite quote:
It makes increasingly less sense even to talk about a publishing industry, because the core problem publishing solves — the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public — has stopped being a problem.
Emphasis added. I also like this quote from a different post about how we like to share content:
This is superdistribution — content moving from friend to friend through the social network, far from the original source of the story. Superdistribution, despite its unweildy name, matters to users. It matters a lot. It matters so much, in fact, that we will routinely prefer a shareable amateur source to a professional source that requires us to keep the content a secret on pain of lawsuit. (Wikipedia’s historical advantage over Britannica in one sentence.)


Blogger Sarah said...

I would call for the general death of paper. I am so tired of shuffling papers. Can't wait until everything is in e-files.

6:07 PM, March 16, 2009  

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