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The End of the Newspaper, the Beginning of…what?

March 31, 2009

In the Washington Post, John Pomfret has a short comment on the pessimistic outlook for the continued health of the newspaper industry. According to Pomfret, the current era of publishing is not dissimilar to the very first era of information transformation, the 1500’s and Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. The interesting claim here is that we are really only in the infancy of the information revolution that began with the popularization of the internet and that “even the revolutionaries can’t predict what will happen.” Whether it was Craig’s List, Youtube or Facebook, Pomfrest argues, who would have predicted the large-scale impact of these new developments when they first came upon the scene? That kind of thinking makes the current environment, which promises stark and difficult changes in the newspaper world, seem less like the end of something and more like the beginning.

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