Essay by Clay Shirky
I don't know how I cam across this essay, it appeared in my feedreader. However, despite it being quite long, I read it completely and found it interesting and insightful. It goes back all the way to pre-Gutenberg times, mentiones revolutions, business models, ideas, and seems to come back to chaos (uncontrollable change) every so often.
With the old economics destroyed, organizational forms perfected for industrial production have to be replaced with structures optimized for digital data. 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.
In essence it says: The newspaper industry should just stop worrying about the future, because in that future there will be no newspaper "industry" anymore. This makes the future less bleak for me, as I have a well-founded distrust for those big papers: they have a hidden agenda and it's not called "journalism"...
This essay has supposedly earned 622 responses of which I could see only a dozen, but this shall not discourage me to write yet another one! What's your response, where is your journalism?