Clay Shirky on the future of newspapers

2009 is going to be a bloodbath.

Even if we have the shallowest recession and advertising comes back as it inevitably does, more of it will go to the web. I think that’s it for newspapers. What we saw happen to the Christian Science Monitor [the international paper shifted its daily news operation online] is going to happen three or four dozen times (globally) in the next year. The 500-year-old accident of economics occasioned by the printing press – high upfront cost and filtering happening at the source of publication – is over.

Digital guru Clay Shirky’s media forecast and predictions for 2009 | Media | The Guardian

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