Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Seattle newspaper closes down

I used to be a print reporter and I've still got a soft spot for newspapers. So it grieves me to see an institution like the Seattle Post-Intelligencer shut down. But that's what happened today and it looks like more of these events are coming in the future.

Of course there's two sides to every story, as any good reporter knows. And lots of folks don't see the death of a few papers as a bad thing. But a theme is emerging, which is that the traditional news business - and the mainstream media in general - missed their chance to seize the opportunity that new technology offered. Instead, they tried to keep the status quo, which is rarely, if ever, a good option. Now they're paying the price.

For more views on what's going on, read Clay Shirkey's take or Jeff Jarvis's.

I've often said that we're living through an information revolution. The problem is we like some of the old stuff that's going to get pushed aside and it's tough to adapt. But it's going to happen.

What do you think our media future will look like in 10 years? How will we get our news?

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