There's an idea that keeps coming up that the tech industry ought to give a huge amount of money to the journalism industry.
I first wrote about the idea after hearing it on a panel discussion at the J-school at UC-Berkeley in 2009. "Give us money because we're losing" seemed to be the argument.
What independent journalism needs more than ever from Silicon Valley is a significant transfer of wealth.
I forwarded the post on Twitter with a single word comment: Pathetic. I was going to leave it at that, but then I found myself ranting in DMs to Mathew Ingram, a journalist friend. What came out was somewhat coherent, here's what I wrote.
I couldn't help myself, I had to write more. ;-)
Facebook sucks for news. We can create something so much better. I have tried to work with them, to get them to change in small ways that would help the web, and make Facebook a more adequate surface for writing, and keep hitting the same wall. They like their business the way it is. That imho makes them ripe for competition.
They might give journalism some money, but that isn't the answer. Journalism has to become what Facebook refuses to become. It's tough. But that's the way human evolution works.
Yes we need journalism, but the journalism we need is not what Bell describes, we need something re-born out of the web. I've been right about a lot of stuff over the years, and the journalism thinkers have never understood until it actually happens.
It won't go the way Bell wants it to go. But journalism will thrive on the net, I'm sure of it. Further it can't thrive in the environment Facebook has created. And as long as they're on top and generating all that money they have no incentive to change. And once they feel the heat, it'll be too late for them.
That about sums it up. :balloon: