Bill Quick,in the evolving comments to one of his own posts, provides a startling moment of clarity concerning one of the switching stations of the emerging Information Age, the "profession" of journalism.
The post itself dealt with Paul Krugman of the New York Times being caught out in yet another lie, seemingly abetted by his editors. Bill then hearkens back to a previous post dealing with how journalists view their jobs as opposed to the reality of the situation.
In this confluence, comments fly fast and hard, but eventually in the course of the exchange with Jay Rosen, Bill posts this little gem, which I dearly hope he expands upon.
Bill Quick, for those of you don't know, is a writer; an author of numerous science fiction short stories and books. As such, Bill has what I view as the visionary tools to provide a reader with a plausible glimpse of the future. The science fiction I enjoy the most happens in the near future and tends to have to do with the extrapolation of current events and technological trends. I think the reason I like it is that I just might live long enough to see if the story emerges as reality. In the last 20 years, this has happened a number of times. It's a bit of a rush, actually.
Bill has this perspective, I believe, and in one comment fleshes out the future of news as an information commodity whose very nature wipes out the concept of journalism as we know it in this day and age.
What I know about technology is this: it destroys centralized systems. It doesn't just do away with gatekeepers - or, more accurately, the way it does so is the item of interest - since it destroy the very gates themselves. What will remain is the talents and expertise of individuals, and the intelligent systems that will be developed to aggregate them and provide options for "trust products" to those who will consume news-based product. Yes, trust will be a product, and you will pay depending on what sort and level of trust you require.
We are seeing this emerge before our eyes. This is the hard reality of the Information Age. Like any means of production, the ideal usually varies greatly from reality.