Friday, January 21, 2005

Media Matters

Hat tip to the Belmont Club for pointing me to the comments at BuzzMachine regarding the Journalism/Blogger conference.

I was especially taken by this bit:

: Jimbo Wales, founder of Wikipedia, says that a few years ago, nobody could have predicted that a bunch of unpaid citizens could replace the Encyclopedia Brittanica with its budget of $350 million but it happened. He said that the business model of The New York Times is not sustainable. Abramson shudders, of course. Kaplan said Wales doesn't know what he's talking about; he has not been in a place like Baghdad and does not know the dififculty of getting information there and does not know how the existing system can be replaced.

Wales is right. He is so very, very right. But so few people listening even know what that means (and the comments that follow what I bolded give evidence to that fact). I wish I had more time to go into this further tonight, but I don't.

Suffice it to say, the future of the blogosphere is not about media organs like the New York Times slowly bringing bloggers into their fold. The new media will expand as quickly as it can, and old media who fail to keep pace will be left behind.

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