Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mess, not Big Idea: could be good; could be innovative

We’ve become accustomed to a media world dominated by monopolies and oligopolies. So we — and especially the paid journalists who remain in the craft — tend to imagine that just a few big institutions will rise from the sad rubble of the journalism business.

That’s not where it’s going, at least not anytime soon. We’re heading into an incredibly messy but also wonderful period of innovation and experimentation that combines technology and people and pushes great and outlandish ideas into the real world. The result will a huge number of failures but also a large number of successes.

From Dan Gillmor.

1 comment:

JoremThorn said...

I hope your right. A perhaps more chaotic, but hopefully more diversified, journalistic field must surely be to the benefit of journalism as a whole. Near monopoly, with the shame appearance of variety, has been too much the order of the day up until now.

I have found some interesting discussions concerning the future of journalism, including interviews with folks like John Yemma and Charlotte Grimes, at:,com_sectionex/Itemid,200076/id,8/view,category/#catid69

They seem to have a project going on there that fits generally into your vision of where the field may be going.