‘If you have been paying attention, you may have noticed that newspapers are closing down everywhere’
While print journalism will never entirely disappear, it’s clear beyond any doubt that how news is created, managed and delivered has been altered permanently by the dominant presence of the Internet in our lives. In keeping with the relentless electronic pulsing of data bits, news comes and goes faster, is briefer, and is often less considered before it gets published.
Often it seems to be a pace driven not so much by competition as by the physical mandate of the electricity that makes up the body of the message. A long time ago now, Marshall McLuhan uttered the then-cryptic remark, “the medium is the message,” and in our hurtling electronic age we sometimes seem like the apes in Stanley Kubrick’s signature film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, touching the mysterious, paradigm-shifting monolith for the first time.