Journalism collapsed because those in the business never kept up with the times. They were the gate-keepers who once held all of the cards.
Social media broke down those gates, but instead of seeing the depth of seriousness of their predicament, they went on as if everything was the way it was before.
They became increasingly irrelevant until the day a newbie politician used Twitter to become president of the US, and then they were no longer part of the public discourse.
Dean Baquet of the New York Times seems completely obliviousness that the world gave the Times its redundancy papers, and has the nerve to say that Donald Trump’s rhetoric on journalism is “out of control.”
No, it isn’t. Trump saw an opportunity, and he took full advantage of it — and won.
He didn’t need journalists’ collective blessing to win.
Once upon a time, if the press didn’t like you, you were done. Now, it is a badge of honour, but within the foreseeable future, no one will care about even that one way or another.
Journalism is a concept that has run its course. This is not say we no longer need people finding and disseminating facts, but the model we have now is deficient, corrupt, broken, and inadequate.
Just as j-school deans have no clue, either — and they are training people who want to enter a dead profession. They are lecturing Sinclair Broadcasting over their little promos — and yet, it is thanks to their short-sightedness that the profession never changed or stayed relevant.
You have a rotted system that no longer functions — and we have people in that profession blame everyone else for their woes: Trump, Russia, Facebook, hedge funds, you name it.
They never blame themselves. They think the same scripts, hacks, and cheats still work — and because they aren’t working, they want the entire world to change back to the old ways to accommodate their own life theories.
It has gone out of control. Journalists are losing their jobs in droves — and instead of seeing what they are doing wrong — they are still looking for scapegoats and whipping boys to take the blame.
Nothing will change. The jobs will vanish. The outlets will close.
And they will still blame everyone else except the real culprits.
The New York Times is a concept whose time has come and gone. We do not need a paper of record — we need people who gather facts without narrative who aren’t afraid of seeing reality and truth.
That is not something you will find in a dead profession, however.
It has to be made fresh from scratch…