Online Journalism: Then And Now

June 21, 2009

I found this online and decided to share it without giving anyone credit. Because, you know, that’s modern online “journalism.”

When I was a reporter in the early 1990s, the word “online” was just coming into play. Websites were a new concept, and newspapers adopted them slowly. The content newspapers give away free today was once locked in the pages of the paper, with little teasers on the web. Slowly, as web-only publications began to take off in the late 90s, newspapers realized they were losing ground. And after a few more years of wandering around in circles asking one another what “Googling Facebook” meant, traditional newspapers began to collapse under the weight of the Internet. This is why you are more likely to meet a former journalist than an actual journalist these days.

I have a lot more to say about this, but I want to sleep on it. Study the chart for a while so you can prepare your comments. I’ll even accept comments from the “fucktards” mentioned in the chart; after all, I do it every time I write about racists.


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