Journalism hates the players, but it should hate the game

By now, all of this is conventional wisdom. But, have you considered the null hypothesis? Perhaps resistance is futile. Perhaps this is journalism’s own doing. Maybe journalism’s clinging to old conventions — the way things ‘should be’ and ‘have always been’ — is the reason for its predicament. Refusal to adapt; fear of change; sunk costs; are these not the seeds of classic disruption?

“…journalists can continue to insist how the system should work — business models wrought in an age of scarcity — but the broad industry won’t achieve sustainability until it embraces and adapts to abundance.” — Me

The quantity-over-quality business models you describe are commodities. Clickbait and its ilk are entertainment outlets. They peddle an infinitely substitutable, fungible good, with which consumers engage to entertain themselves, to pass time, to stimulate emotion. It’s a rather frivolous raison d’être.

Commodity content
Commodity news

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