Are we living in a golden age for journalism, or is it the Dark Ages? There’s nothing that gets a group of media types going like that question, which is kind of an updated version of a perennial favorite: “Are bloggers journalists?” Obviously, the kind of upheaval that leads to mass layoffs at papers like the Chicago Sun-Times or the loss of $500 million in ad revenue for the New York Times is nothing to sneeze at.
But it’s important to take note of the good things that the web has brought as well — and the best is that journalism has been freed from its confines, and is available to anyone, anywhere, at any time. And that can be very, very powerful.
Everyone likes to point out when this state of affairs fails in some way: like when Reddit users identified the wrong man as the Boston bomber…
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