Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Are my Midwestern Roots Showing?

I feel compelled to set something straight --
journalism is changing; it is not dying.

Humans will always have a desire and need for information; therefore, journalism will never die. Journalism is invincible.

To prove my point, I will provide an analogy:
Back in the day, farmers broke their backs in order to grow plentiful crops to provide to the people. Then, new technology came along that allowed farmers to produce more crops in a shorter period of time. Then, new technology came along that allowed farmers to produce more crops in a shorter period of time. Then, new tech- ... you get the point. Farming changed due to technological advances, and farming will continue to change as technology continues to advance. Journalism, like farming, has changed over time as technological advances have emerged. First, there were scribes. Then, there were printing presses. Now, there are Internet sites. New technology has come along that has allowed journalists to provide more information to more people in more forms in a shorter period of time. 
Back in the day, people walked long distances to markets in order to obtain the produce they so desired. Today, people merely drive a few miles to the nearest grocery store to pick up these same products. Back in the day, people walked long distances to acquire the journalistic publication they so longed to read. Today, people merely scan the World Wide Web to acquire these same products. 
No conscious individual would argue that it would be best for society to return to the original form of farming. In fact, there would likely be much distress in the world if the ancient ways of harvesting were reintroduced to humanity. People would starve, and things would get messy. A return to older forms of journalism would have this same effect; people would starve for information, and things would get messy.

People want their news, and people want their news now. So, people, I am telling you to stop reminiscing about the olden days of journalism and begin embracing the new age of information.

Put away your tissues, and trade your mourning suits for more colorful garb. No funeral is taking place around here any time soon.

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