Clay Shirky on the Future of Journalism

14Jul09

Not an Upgrade — an Upheaval

by Clay Shirky
Lead Essay
July 13th, 2009

The hard truth about the future of journalism is that nobody knows for sure what will happen; the current system is so brittle, and the alternatives are so speculative, that there’s no hope for a simple and orderly transition from State A to State B. Chaos is our lot; the best we can do is identify the various forces at work shaping various possible futures. Two of the most important are the changing natures of the public, and of subsidy.

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