How much have you already used the Internet today?
We don't think twice about how much we rely on the Internet. Imagine not being able to map directions on Google or check the weather online. A business that doesn't have a Web site? Forgettable. Or rather, unsearchable. Remember when we didn't have e-mail? Would you want to go back to those Dark Ages? Me neither.
It feels like any other work day. You drove the same route to work. You ate the same breakfast. Around 11 a.m., you looked longingly out your window imagining yourself swinging in a hammock on a beach. Pretty routine.
Last year practically burst at the seams with reports, conferences and other high-profile gatherings on the future of journalism. So what comes next? As one blog post summarized in December, “If 2009 was a year of study and debate about the future of journalism, 2010 must be a year of action.”
Those looking for a roadmap this year should turn to the latest analysis from Bob McChesney and John Nichols, whose new book, The Death and Life of American Journalism, kicks off the new decade with some sage advice: You want to save journalism? Take a history lesson, stop fear-mongering about government involvement in journalism, and get organized.
It’s instructional to look back 100 years, not long after the first electrical generation plants were built to bring power to towns and cities, to assess the situation we find ourselves in with broadband availability today.
After a few delays, a few new staff and a few solid investigative projects under its belt, the California Watch Web site launched this week.
California Watch is a project of the longstanding nonprofit journalism organization, the Center for Investigative Reporting. With new journalism projects launching every week, what’s interesting about California Watch? I mention a few specifics below, but in general, California Watch embodies a number of the key ideas that we at SaveTheNews.org think will shape the future of news in America.
In the latest video in The Nation’sseries on the future of journalism, Dan Rather gives what he calls a “wide shot” on the conditions facing print journalism.
Rather, managing editor and anchor of Dan Rather Reports on HDNet and the former anchor of the CBS Evening News, describes print media as an “old order” that has disappeared but not yet been replaced by a “new order.” He discusses the pros and cons of transitioning to online media.
I've complained a good bit, both here and in filings to the FCC, about the state of the wireless industry. I yearn for better and more affordable wireless services, with devices sold independent of carriers, giving consumers real, meaningful choices.