News 2.0: The Future of News in an Age of Social Media

Ira Basen, CBC News, Oct 27, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The CBC has a special online report on the future of news media. As the authors note, "What is now called the 'mainstream media' has lost its control over the tools of its trade, and its importance as a centre of social and political influence. The business and philosophical model both appear to be broken, perhaps irrevocably." Of course, as I have often said, it's not just new media that's killing the traditional press; it's the press's own practices. Look at their choice of 'experts' for their series - three people who write books (including the laughable Andrew Keen) and four people from traditional media. And nobody with genuine new media credentials at all. This is typical - and a big part of the reason nobody takes the traditional news seriously any more.
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