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a scientific conceit…and the news

A new post that I wrote just went up over at Next American City. The post – which is about a pair of different attempts at building the news organization for the 21st century – grew out of reading a couple pieces in the Atlantic that came at the topic from very different starting points. One is a top-down approach to save big news, the other a grassroots effort to build new feisty news-of-the-people online start-ups. Yet, at their core, they both have a single central problem: in a world of unlimited media choice, you have to prove your worth to win an audience. (Big news has a second problem too: billions upon billions of dollars in debt & dead weight.) At any rate, the full piece is available here. Watch out for hamfisted literary devices…

PS. I should point out that my friend Cate originally sent me the link to the Atlantic blog post detailed my little article. Thanks!

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