Any experiment, though, designed to provide new models for journalism is going to be an improvement over hiding from the real, especially in a year when, for many papers, the unthinkable future is already in the past.Chi non vuole vedere che i giornali, almeno per come li conosciamo, moriranno a breve, vuole sentirsi dire una bugia. Scrive così Clay Shirky in un lungo e approfondito post sul futuro della carta stampata. La morale: per ora bisogna provarle tutte per trovare la strada giusta e solo chi vivrà vedrà.
For the next few decades, journalism will be made up of overlapping special cases. Many of these models will rely on amateurs as researchers and writers. Many of these models will rely on sponsorship or grants or endowments instead of revenues. Many of these models will rely on excitable 14 year olds distributing the results. Many of these models will fail. No one experiment is going to replace what we are now losing with the demise of news on paper, but over time, the collection of new experiments that do work might give us the reporting we need.