Why We Need the New News Environment to be Chaotic « Clay Shirky

In a new post by Clay Shirky, he says: “[T]here are only three things I’m sure of: News has to be subsidized, and it has to be cheap, and it has to be free.”

Also this: “None of the models being tried today are universally adoptable; the most we can say is that each of them happens to work somewhere, at least for the moment. This may seem like weak tea, given the enormity of the current changes, but if our test for any new way of producing news is whether it replaces all the functions of a newspaper, we’ll build things that look like newspapers, and if replicating newspapers online were a good idea, we wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place.”

Read the full post here.

The message for media industry leaders and others in the new age of social media is “Convene don’t control,” Shirky says, in this TEDtalks presentation from 2009. Includes a nice, succinct overview of the history of innovation in communications.

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