Despite Clay Shirky’s command to stop asking what is going to replace newspapers (Nothing! he says, and get over it already), I still think it’s worth it to ask whether we can’t save the few newspapers that are left. I thought so when I co-wrote the documentary previewed above, and I still think so.
Saying that progress is bound to disrupt our steady supply of reliable news and public discussion is as wrong as saying it is bound to disrupt our supply of clear air, clean water, and healthy food. The US constitution needs newspapers to survive, and we need to figure out how to keep them.