Sunday, January 09, 2005

In the Google World, Newspapers' Impermananence Becomes a Serious Oversight

Says Jay Rosen:

I think it shameful, not to mention a crisis in authority, that the solid journalistic achievement of most people in daily newspapers across the land is being lost to Google, lost to bloggers, lost to online forums and conversation, lost to the long tail where value is built up.

Does your average hard working environment reporter even know that her comprehensive portrait of an ecological disaster in the making won't ever make it into search engines so that people can see where it all began, so that high school kids researching an assignment would find it and get the whole story? Do the newsroom troops understand this "lost to the future" quality about their best work? Who was supposed to tell them?


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