Clay Shirky in Newsxpapers and Thinking the Unthinkable: …what real revolutions are like. The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place. Great essay. Required re-reading.
Clay asserts his belief that the “NPR” model (by which I assume he means public radio generally) is working. I wish I was as sanguine about that. I can see possible ways public radio can transform itself as circumstances demand, while keeping its core purposes and values intact. But it’s not as if the political and economic underpinnings of public radio as it is now will all gracefully adapt to the revolutions now underway.
Then again, the fact that my station is in the middle of a pledge drive right now probably has some bearing on my frame of mind about such things…
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