Media barons demanding to be lied to

OK, here’s the definitive quote of the day:

“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.”

The source is Clay Shirky, Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable.

This is particularly relevant to me now, having just participated in a new media round table on journalism, papers, and the web: New Media Round Table.


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