Start Doing Stuff and Stop Trying to Figure Out What it Means
July 15, 2009 by Marcus Grimm
Clay Shirky has written a particularly insightful post (wondering if he’s written anything that isn’t insightful??) about how the Web is changing journalism. But perhaps more important, he cautions that we’re too close to really understand where all of this is going:
"The change weâ€™re living through isnâ€™t an upgrade, itâ€™s a upheaval, and it will be decades before anyone can really sort out the value of
whatâ€™s been lost versus whatâ€™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."
Good stuff, for sure, but the reason I’m pointing out the article is because of what I thought was an extremely cool analogy:
"The transition here is like the spread of the ability to drive, from paid chauffeurs to the whole population. We still pay people to drive, from buses to race cars, and there are more paid drivers today than there were in the days of the chauffeur. Paid drivers are, however, no
longer the majority of all drivers."