I wrote the book on this collapse last year called When Journalism was a Thing, but since I am female, I get ignored. If you want a thorough, well-researched, honest, accurate, reliable, valid, useful, passionate, objective, and definitive answer to what is happening now, read my book.
The Washington Post is an outlet in perpetual denial. Journalism is dead. The end. If the Post cannot grasp or face the reality of their dead profession, they cannot see anything in front of them.
Let’s look at the headlines Drudge drudged up today:
And the partisan New York Times whining:
Do not believe the New York Times for one millisecond: there was no promise of a “brave new future” with BuzzFeed. It was always garbage with filler, propaganda, and ignorance that never did journalism differently. It just has garbage quizzes and tacky propaganda with snark.
That’s not an actual thing to be proud of, even if you are completely stupid and without morals or common sense.
Notice that the only trick has been Trump-bashing and begging for money, and neither lazy hack is working — it is, actually, having the opposite effect.
No, nerds pretending to be hip and edgy isn’t going to save a dead profession.
And the ridiculous mantra that “the future is digital” has been dealt a deathblow.
When you use old tricks and stunts and never admit that what you are doing is not working, that’s what happens.
The medium is not the content. The medium is not the structure. The medium is not the mandate.
The medium is not the saviour.
The lazy ways of journalism have not saved them, and the fact that the new generation of outlets have collapsed the same way proves once and for all that the model is broken beyond repair.
Get the memo, children…