Saturday, April 01, 2006
OPINION: Michael Kinsley on how journalism is changing
Writes Michael Kinsley, the founding editor of Slate Magazine:
"No one seriously doubts anymore that the Internet will fundamentally change the news business. The uncertainty is whether it will only change the method of delivering the product, or whether it will change the nature of the product as well. Will people want, in any form -- and will they pay for -- a collection of articles, written by professional journalists from a detached and purportedly objective point of view? The television industry is panicky as well. Will anyone sit through a half-hour newscast invented back when everyone had to watch the same thing at the same time? Or are blogs and podcasts the cutting edge of a new model for both print and video -- more personalized, more interactive, more opinionated, more communal, less objective?"