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Clay Shirky claims that ‘society doesn’t need newspapers.’ It needs journalism.

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Clay Shirky

Shirky is of the opinion that the industry is not what it was and that people are sceptical about how to preserve newspapers. There is, in fact, no single ‘model to replace the one the internet broke.’

He gives an interesting and descriptive view of newspapers being replaced by the Internet and the notion of citizen journalism.

Shirky compares the arrival of the Internet to Gutenberg’s Printing Press: both revolutions in the field of journalism and elsewhere. He describes how society can benefit from the role of newspapers but explains that change is inevitable since the Internet is more efficient in availability of information, finding it and is constantly being updated.

 He argues that society is getting the journalism is needs, just in a different form.

For more information visit http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/03/newspapers-and-thinking-the-unthinkable/

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