Smoke It

I read an op–ed yesterday that wondered what we’re going to do when there are no more newspapers. The obvious answer is to think for ourselves.

Of course, the columnist probably meant he wondered where informative content would come from as mainstream media discontinues that function in favor of advertising and press releases from corporate PR firms. That’s easy: the Internet.

But online versions of corporate newspapers will continue, even if the print versions fold. Advertisers aren’t going away any time soon, nor are corporate think tanks whose task it is to keep us misinformed. After all, an informed citizenry might just decide it’s had enough. The difference is that there are many more voices on the Internet than in the newspaper, and some of them are already surpassing professional journalists in both quality and quantity of content. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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~ by Jay Taber on May 27, 2011.

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