I blogged before about Clay Shirky’s Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable. Guy P. pointed me to a really good summary of positions on the issue of what’s happening to newspapers, see Clay Shirky’s colleague Jay Rosen on PressThink: Rosen’s Flying Seminar In The Future of News. I should also gather in my blog entry on the New Yorker article, The News Business: Out of Print which is a good introduction to the issue.
Personally I think this will strengthen public broadcasting and their news capacity. No one in the USA thinks publicly funded broadcasting as an alternative because they don’t have it, but here in Canada the CBC does a great job, at least on the radio, and in the UK (where they are well funded) they do an even better job with an international service. For example, watching Generation Kill you will notice the Marines are listening to the BBC for their news! (Yes, I know it is fiction, but it is based fairly closely on the experiences of an embedded Rolling Stone reporter.)