Shirky, Seattle and interesting stuff for Monday

The big read today, for everyone, has been Clay Shirky’s essay on thinking the unthinkable . A more cogent discussion of the issues around newspapers would be hard to find. Lots chimed with me and to pick one part to quote kind-of defeats the structure of the piece. So worth a read though.

Round and round this goes, with the people committed to saving newspapers demanding to know “If the old model is broken, what will work in its place?” To which the answer is: Nothing. Nothing will work. There is no general model for newspapers to replace the one the internet just broke.

On the heals of Shirky’s essay comes news that the Seattle P-I is to publish last edition Tuesday. Given Clay’s take and the general shifting to the recognition that change is, well, inevitable, they may feel like they are in a goldfish bowl but this will be one closley watched (re)start for a paper going online.

We don’t have reporters, editors or producers—everyone will do and be everything. Everyone will write, edit, take photos and shoot video, produce multimedia and curate the home page. That’ll be a training challenge for everyone, but we’re all up for the challenge and totally ready to pick up all these skills.

Other stuff that I read today included

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  1. I’d like to think I’m ‘living my life online’, but everyone has their limits, sooner or later you need to unplug. It just depends how far people are willing to go to make things work, it might not be enough.

    With the amount of videos out there on YouTube about how to use Twitter (many from as far back as 06), it’s clear that people as a collective are starting to see the merits of this mass-sharing of information, but there are only few in the media who exemplify the right way to do it.

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