The Hopeful Future of News

March 15, 2009

Straight on the heels of Clay Shirky’s great essay on the future of newspapers, Steven Johnson comes along with an equally great one on the future of news, and why it makes sense to be hopeful and optimistic. For the vast majority of things we’re interested in, the breadth and depth and speed of the news we’re getting now constitutes a vast improvement on what was available only a few years ago — and there’s no indication that trend is in any way reversing. So yes, many newspapers might well be doomed. But that’s only a small part of a much bigger — and much happier — story.

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