With just a little nostalgia, the writer looks towards a world without newspapers and wonders about the effects of the loss of a primary source, a cultural pillar and the social cohesion that came with it.
THE END OF A WORLD
An elegy for the newspaper
Jonathan Green Overland #208 Spring, 2012
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But is it possible that serious discussion can be at once enriched and fragmented? If our understanding is so isolated, can it have political and social weight? Does an intelligent view of the world need a mass-market champion? If debate about serious issues – surely the cornerstone of fourth estate journalism – is dotted through the vast sweep of the online world, will it be too easily overwhelmed by the shared trivialisation of mass culture? Is this not what we are losing with the inevitable demise of the serious newspaper: a mature, moderated conversation that was broadly shared and thus to be reckoned with?
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A lengthy but very readable essay by a newspaper veteran and pioneer of the online news magazine. Read all about it: http://bit.ly/RIRM7I