It’s hard to read a survey like this and not conclude it’s a bit like carriage drivers saying cars are hurting the horse and buggy industry, nevertheless here it is. The Atlantic has polled 43 media insiders (Peter Beinart, Gloria Borger, Juan Williams, Fareed Zakaria, to name a few) and the majority of them (65%) feel the Internet has hurt journalism. Says one participant:
News consumption depends on news production, and I don’t see anything on the Internet that produces news — that is, detailed responsible empirical journalism — the way newspapers do (or did). It is typical of Americans to get more excited about consumption than about production.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, someone else said (and we’ll leave it to you to match responses to faces):”You abandon the conceit that ‘newspapers’ equals ‘news,’ you realize that people have far more information available to them about current events than ever before, and that’s a great thing for both journalism (the gathering of news) and the public.” Also? The Internet is here to stay. Full results can be found here.