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• Now is the time for newspapers to do something proactive; time for them to demonstrate what life would be like without them. It’s time for every daily newspaper in the United States, in cooperation with the Associated Press, to shut down their free Web sites for one week. Yes. Shut it down. Blank screen. Nothing. Of course, news would still be reported daily in every newspaper’s printed product. No editor, or reporter or publication would dare shirk their watchdog responsibilities. This isn’t about stopping the presses. But the Web? People can do without news on the Web for a week. They won’t like it. They’ll complain about it. But, that’s exactly what has to happen before they can be expected to care. Pulling the plug gets their attention. •
• Imagine if Gutenberg had invented a digital modem rather than a printing press, and that for centuries all of our information had come to us online. Further, imagine if we held a press conference announcing the invention of an intriguing new product called the “newspaper.” •
• “[I]f there’s not a journalist managing the community — participating in threads, asking and answering questions, and generally continuing the conversation — your comment threads will stay a mudpit, all technology, identity, and registration aside.” •
• Given the industry’s early tenancy, deep pockets, and history of paranoid experimentation with new communication forms, one would expect to find plenty in the way of innovations and spinoffs. But that’s not the case, and I think I know why: From the beginning, newspapers sought to invent the Web in their own image by repurposing the copy, values, and temperament found in their ink-and-paper editions. Despite being early arrivals, despite having spent millions on manpower and hardware, despite all the animations, links, videos, databases, and other software tricks found on their sites, every newspaper Web site is instantly identifiable as a newspaper Web site. By succeeding, they failed to invent the Web. •

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Doc Searls (“markets are conversations” fyren) skriver om hvordan nyheter formidles om dagen:

Here’s the problem with most news: it isn’t. It’s olds. It happened hours ago, or last night, or yesterday, or last month, or before whenever the deadline was in the news organization’s current “news cycle”. It’s not now.

To be truly alive, truly new, truly part of the life of its readers, a newspaper needs to be on the live web and not just the static one. It needs to flow news, and not just post it.

Dave Winer, mannen bak den første RSS specifikationen, har alltid forklaret RSS som “a river of news”. For det er jo det er; om jeg er tilbake til RSS leseren efter en ferie er det som har hendt ikke relevant. Om det er viktigt kommer nån (direkte eller via nye strømmer) at fortelle mig om det.

Men som allt annet er det jo ikke perfekt, som en kommentar siger:

News has been running like rivers into financial market terminals for many years, courtesy of the newswires and integration firms like Tibco, that have brought them together into one feed. This did indeed follow on from the teletype terminals that noisily sat next to my desk when I started as a journalist. [..] The faster a river flows, the greater the risk of drowning.