Why we are here - Old-School Journalism is dead, long live the New School!
THE GROWLER: a years late followup to some heated discussions about the future of journalism ...
which led to a process diagram sketched on the back of an envelope that was promptly ignored for years.
Then a media echo chamber of silliness effectively cauterized a Democratic-leaning populace into a zombie-like apathy at the polls.
Not only must objective critical analysis occur (whether or not we call it journalism), that work needs to be given a fertile and sustainable soil from which to spring.
The Growler is that soil.
Read on to see what we want to become.
Barriers to entry were permanently redefined with the rise of napster. No longer would capital investment for information and communication be the stopping point of innovation.
Since napster, one by one, old guard mainstays in industry after industry have fallen by the wayside as they are pummeled to irrelevance by wave after wave of information innovation.
Music industry ... crippled.
Movie industry .... crippled.
Education industry ... crippled.
Legal research ... crippled.
Taxi industry ... crippled.
Travel industry ... crippled.
Retail ... crippled.
Publishing ... crippled
Where once there was power in being there first, being there first was now nearly a death sentence when it was encumbered with leases, union contracts, inventory, ....
Each industry has fallen to the same foe. Information just tends towards freedom, a freedom which is the death knell for many industries.
The landscape is littered with the slow embrace of the new. Most of those slow embraces has lead, if not to death, to a state not far removed from death.
Journalism is no exception.
The Newspapers grew into the focal points of communities. Whoever controlled the newspapers controlled the country. Broadway shows closed overnight based on reviews in newspapers. Wars were, fought instigated by newspapers articles/editorials.
Newspapers were everywhere.
And, with the advent of an evolving internet and universal access to that internet, the physical and economic barriers to entry to the news industry vaporised leaving a free for all that the physical media could not win. Down went hundreds of print editions from 2008-2017.
Many more, like the Detroit Free Press, went to less than daily and the dinosaurs of the industry mostly failed to adapt leaving a vacuum that many have tried to fill by cherry picking print staff, selecting esoteric philosohical alternatives, blogging, conferences () and even just hanging out an internet news-shingle.