Matthew Holt

I shake my fist at Clay Shirky!

Last week (Tuesday to be precise) Chris Rauber, the health care journo at the SF Business Times calls me to talk about health care IT. But he ends with a question that’s not about Health care or IT, but aimed at me as a blogger. He says “what do you think is the future business model for journalism”

I’ve been mulling this a little bit and my response went something like, media is now disaggregated. Craigslist and Google have destroyed the advertising model for most media, and blogs and social networks have democratized the commentary/opinion playing field (to some extent—I’m not as rich as Tom Friedman yet!). The problem is that not many “new” media outlets—such as THCB—can afford to take on the interesting part, which is paying real investigative journalists to investigate. Something I would love to be bale to do—as there’s lots of muck to be raked in health care.

When THCB gets rich enough to hire Chris, Lisa Girion, & Barbara Martinez and put them in the mix of commentary and punditry we now have on the site, then there’ll be no need for the current newspapers Until then I don’t know what the answer is.

I was so pleased with myself that I was actually going to write a piece about this but then  on Friday Clay Shirky wrote a much better piece about it than I ever could.

So go read “Newspapers & thinking the unthinkable”

(here’s where you need to imagine me shaking my fist Colbert style)”SHIIRRRKKKKYYY……”

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Roger Williams
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Roger Williams

Yeah…he really understands things…
I really liked his [somewhat dated] TED lecture: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/clay_shirky_on_institutions_versus_collaboration.html
Mainly becuase he also talked about how tech is so “orthogonal” that it even helps causes we don’t like. He example was: teen girls who want to be anorexic.
I guess tech will come for us all eventually.

Gilles Frydman
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Of interest in this conversation, Jay Parkinson MD just published a blog post about the parallels between Clay Shirky’s article and the Health Care System http://is.gd/nzuJ

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inchoate but earnest

I’m a big Shirky fan, but would add that Dana Blankenhorn has written extensively and as acutely as Shirky about the fates of journalism & print news media since at least 1997.

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Nate

“When THCB gets rich enough to hire Chris, Lisa Girion, & Barbara Martinez and put them in the mix of commentary and punditry we now have on the site, then there’ll be no need for the current newspapers” This is what killed the papers and journalism in general. A bunch of people being paid to report on a subject matter they have no understanding of. You can’t learn insurance in a matter of weeks you have to investigate and write a piece. It takes years. As soon as someone becomes a full time paid journalist they are detached from the… Read more »

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You’re right, Matthew. Shirky has written a fucking brilliant essay. Some newspapers DID see this coming fairly early- the San Jose Mercury News and the Washington Post. What they did didn’t work. What newspapers really didn’t see was craigslist, which nuked their major revenue source. It wasn’t so much the free distribution of content, but the free distribution of local advertising, that killed this medium. And we’ll see a whole rash of bankruptcies this year, and a whole bunch of venerable mastheads sinking beneath the waves. The New York Times is very fast running out of cash, so the fate… Read more »

Healthcare Guru
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I thought blogs are more like diaries..but given the nature of lack of investigative part in journalist, someone need to fill the vacuum.
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Umendra Singh
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Greg Pawelski
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Greg Pawelski

I’ve been trying to get some local newspapers in my area to do some investigative reporting on private equity for-profit nursing homes. I’ve asked reporters that I suspect they do not want to risk their jobs writing about nursing home. I received an interesting reply from one local reporter. She wished she were able to do investigative work like they did in the old days. These days, editors want 15- to 20-inch stories (three a day) in which they skim the surface of the topic of the day. It’s unfortunate and it is the direction newspapers seem to be headed.… Read more »

Carl Parisien Natick MA
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Carl Parisien Natick MA great article. keep up the good work