É um texto em tom claramente provocador mas muito bem escrito.
Mark Morford fala-nos da forma como os que dizem navegar a crista da onda tecnológica há mais de não sei quantos anos apostam tudo – com descrições mais ou menos apocalípticas – no fim dos media tradicionais.
When the professional news filters vanish, when you lose that vigorous center of storytelling expertise, you don’t necessarily get a rich ‘n’ wonderful mix of new choices. You get chaos. You get noise. Sure, it might be a boatload of fun to read, but it’s also maddening as hell. You know those cute Internet “chain books,” where each person contributes a sentence and passes it on until some random, haphazard story is told? Great fun. For about a page. Then it gets a bit nauseating, then infuriating, then you begin praying for a single vision, a hint of cohesion, a reliable narrator to show you around the goddamn madhouse.
Look, I’m all for media upheaval and revolution. I’m all for seeing what will emerge from the ashes of print, should it die out completely. But there’s a reason the traditional newsroom model has lasted 150 years, that professional journalism is still considered so vital to a healthy democracy, that it’s still a profession requiring years of training and education, and not just a casual hobby you engage in when you’re a little drunk and you’ve read a few McLuhan books and you don’t get enough sex so hey, might as well mosey over to that Planning Commission meeting and scribble some notes.
[Sugestão recolhida num Twitt de Mark Hamilton]