"And so it is today. When someone demands to know how we are going to replace newspapers, they are really demanding to be told that we are not living through a revolution. They are demanding to be told that old systems won’t break before new systems are in place. They are demanding to be told that ancient social bargains aren’t in peril, that core institutions will be spared, that new methods of spreading information will improve previous practice rather than upending it. They are demanding to be lied to.
There are fewer and fewer people who can convincingly tell such a lie."
Like a lot of undergrads, I became enamoured with the concept of revolution, then disillusioned by it. But this post stirred up some of that old excitement. Maybe we should stop listening to all the doomsday prophets who keep telling us we're idiots for getting into a dying, unsustainable industry. Maybe now is the most exciting time to be a journalist. The end may be near for the old model. But maybe that's a good thing for those of us who want to be part of something radically new, participatory, democratic and relevant.
It's a sunny day in Ottawa. It's a good day to be a journalism student.