Em Fevereiro deste ano apresentei aqui exemplos de uma tendência que parecia querer ganhar corpo em 2009 – a da disponibilização de versões de sites informativos mais simples e aparentemente mais acessíveis.
Hoje foi conhecida a interpretação que desse tendência faz o USA Today – o News Deck.
Parece-me que embora seja talvez cedo demais para começarmos a ver nitidamente um conceito de espaço informativo na Web distante das lógicas de funcionamento da Rádio, TV e Imprensa importa, ainda assim, ir assinalando estas iniciativas, uma vez que me parecem ser passos nesse sentido.
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Excertos de um excelente texto de Clay Shirky na publicação online Cato Unbound:
The hard truth about the future of journalism is that nobody knows for sure what will happen; the current system is so brittle, and the alternatives are so speculative, that there’s no hope for a simple and orderly transition from State A to State B. Chaos is our lot; the best we can do is identify the various forces at work shaping various possible futures.
The logic of the Internet, a medium that is natively good at helping groups communicate at vanishingly low cost, is that the act of forming a public has become something the public is increasingly doing for itself, rather than needing to wait for a publication (note the root) to do it for them. More publics will form, they will be smaller, shorter-lived, and less geographically contiguous, and they will overlap more than the previous era’s larger, more rooted, more stable publics.
The journalistic models that will excel in the next few years will rely on new forms of creation, some of which will be done by professionals, some by amateurs, some by crowds, and some by machines.
This will not replace the older forms journalism, but then nothing else will either; both preservation and simple replacement are off the table. The change we’re living through isn’t an upgrade, it’s a upheaval, and it will be decades before anyone can really sort out the value of what’s been lost versus what’s been gained. In the meantime, the changes in self-assembling publics and new models of subsidy will drive journalistic experimentation in ways that surprise us all.
Importará também ler a igualmente excelente resposta de Philip Meyer (The Vanishing Newspaper).
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