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November 16, 2009

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George Erhart

Oh to be young and in school again, the development of the internet and the associated methods of communicating that it facilitates is definitely an area worthy of study. I am ever fascinated by easy at which some give up their privacy for these new "trinkets" of communication. These new mediums provide an easy way to communicate, but come with long memories where a few moments of hasty response can be etched into the memory of Google for longer than you might want. On the other hand, recording histories/sharing experiences and putting that into the network for others to see, hear and learn from is probably the greatest accomplishment. The NPR Story Corp project shows just how valuable it can be to share life experience with others. The question to me is how do we teach people to use these new technologies in ways that promote and foster learning and innovation without the negative aspects.

Bud Byrd

I find your posts very thought provoking. The fact that Annenberg and other journalism and communications schools are delving into the requirements to catch-up is encouraging. With the current environment of “open” communications and citizen journalism becoming the status quo, I can only hope that they are writing a strategy that has the “professional journalist” becoming a part of this new journalism and communications environment whose current inhabitants continue to revolutionize how we get our news; how we communicate.

The information revolution is moving at the speed of light. Will schools reared in traditional journalism be able to run fast enough to lead into a future that has already outstripped a tired old profession? Unfortunately, I suspect schools of journalism; print, visual and audio businesses that support the schools’ graduates are looking to return to an earlier status quo. Buggy whip and harness makers are little in demand today, nor will they be in the future.

I continue to subscribe to my local newspaper …in fact, three local papers. Invariably when I open the paper each morning, I am confronted with news that I read from the Internet the previous night. Nostalgia overrides my good sense at the moment.

AP and other supplier news services continue to provide a useful service in supplying national news to the local papers, but they provide it first on the Internet. That trend will continue to accelerate.

The only useful service that comes from my daily news paper is local news. For me, an aggregator of local news would capture my subscription and end this long held tradition of receiving day-old news in printed form. I see no way that the print medium can survive. Further, I question whether the television and radio programming providers will maintain an interest in providing “news” when opinion is more easily produced and more satisfying to respective niche customers.

The Internet and/or other dynamic and nearly instantaneous service will carry the day …especially when a cadre of professional journalist, either singularly or as teams, learns to package themselves as news provider fee services that provide customizable content to the various aggregators. You and I will create our own electronic “newspapers” with topics chosen from a montage of available information service providers.

King newspaper is dead …long live the King …news services.

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Some technologies simply enhance what people are already doing—making those activities faster, easier, or less expensive—while other technologies foster entirely new possibilities. We generally consider the second kind more significant in its social impact. But in the case of the Internet and the arts, the world is still waiting for this second, stronger effect.

Currently, the Internet's effects on art, music, literature, and film fall in the first category. Digitization and downloading make it faster, easier, and less expensive to store, distribute, extract samples from, and issue comments on the arts. But those activities went on for centuries before the Internet.

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