Saturday June 18 2016
We all know that newspapers aren’t doing well. The fact is’ as Eric Beecher puts it, they are “heading for the cliff or struggling to survive and public interest journalism is at risk”.
With the advent of the Internet and digital media, “news” is going through a period of change unprecedented in the information age.
Quoting Media Watch host Paul Barry:
“In the past 7 months even the stars of the internet have suffered with Vice, Salon, Mashable and Gawker all laying off staff … Buzzfeed has been forced to cut its 2016 revenue forecast by half or US$250m … And the famous digital tech site GigaOm was last year forced to shut down operations completely”.
It seems the reason is that people like me who have been so spoiled by the availability of Internet free news that we don’t want to pay for it. Even the free sites are losing millions.
Speculation as to where it will all end up is rife and many opinions abound.
The Media Watch programme was outstanding for its studied dissection of what the present is delivering and what the future might hold. Here is a link to the Media Watch web page. You can watch a video of the programme or read a transcript.
It well may be that blogs like The AIMN might be the future of news or we will only get it from Facebook. Watch the programme, it will surprise you, even alarm you.
I’d like to know your views.
My thought for the day.
“One of the downsides of technology is that it has given voice to the nutters”.
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