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Tech is ready to redefine news
By Dave Winer on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 8:11 PM.

Technology on the march#

For a long time, the tech industry kept to itself -- only defining what it means to process data and program computers.  #

A picture named microserfs.gifBy the end of the 80s, things had changed. Laser printers and desktop publishing software, at first just toys -- were all of a sudden able to replace expensive typesetting equipment at a fraction of the cost. All of a sudden publishing was open to people with a lot less money. #

Movies were being redefined by Pixar and other animation studios. #

Then, in the mid-90s, came the web, and publishing became almost free.  #

Starting in the late 90s it was time for tech to redefine what it means to be a musician, with Napster and then iTunes.  #

We took our first step at redefining news with RSS, also in the late 90s. #

Publishing was free by the mid-90s but it wasn't easy until blogging software matured.  #

By the mid part of the next decade we were ready to redefine radio, with podcasting. #

BitTorrent is redefining the distribution of movies. #

And now, finally -- it seems -- tech is ready to fully redefine news.  #

A picture named newsOnTheMarch.gif #

What it will look like is still up for grabs. But the time is now. Just look around. #

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