Convergence, part 2

A second area that’s hot and heavy with “convergence” (security being my first example) is the media. Most particularly newspapers. A “converged” newsroom is one where the print journalists and the web/new media journalists are the same. Jeff Jarvis has a good post up about the cultural and economic issues surrounding media convergence. I’ll let him do the ‘splaining. I do have one quibble with the post, which is the nicey-nice sounding bit about “It’s not about establishing a new orthodoxy of a new media priesthood; I hope we never reach that.” I understand what he means, but he’s very much a part of the new orthodoxy that rants and rails against the old-school journalists and media companies who “don’t get it”.

In fact “they just don’t get it” is an all-too-common accusation these days. Feels like the Crucible all over again. Lots of intelligent journalists appear to be sitting out of the discussion about the future of media for fear of being branded with what my colleague Michael Goldberg incisively calls “the Scarlet P” (P meaning Print), to borrow from another famous piece of literature.

Of course strident rhetoric is the coin of the realm. Michael also once popped out with this gem:

“You’re an idiot” is the “Once upon a time” of the internet.

Quote of the year.

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3 Responses to “Convergence, part 2”


  1. 1 jeff jarvis March 6, 2007 at 7:22 am

    We agree. ‘Not getting it’ is the overused insult of the age. (And, yes, I’ll plead guilty to having used it.) But I still say this is not about a new orthodoxy. This is about innovation in all quarters. We haven’t arrived at the promised land yet; that’s why an orthodoxy is not appropriate. And I’m saying I hope we never do. There won’t be just one way of doing things, one way of getting it. Now we can have many ways.

  2. 2 Derek Slater March 6, 2007 at 10:01 am

    Hi Jeff, and thanks for your response. I think you hit the nail on the head here. There isn’t just one way of getting it. Information resources like mine (small, controlled, national circ in print; maybe very different audience contours on the Web) have much in common with newspapers but also many differences. Recognizing which new media ideas are broadly applicable and which ones are not is part of the fun and also part of the angst! – Derek


  1. 1 BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » Not not getting it Trackback on March 8, 2007 at 1:41 am

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