Journalism is in crisis. Of course, there’s no shortage of rescue ideas. Sometimes it’s billionaires buying newspapers as vanity projects. Other times it’s techno-utopianism. Or plucky startups pulling themselves up by their bootstraps. Maybe blockchain will save us?
Victor Pickard says the problems are deeper than we think, and they require a more radical solution. He offers a structural critique of the commercial news industry and offers us a utopian vision for a publicly-funded, democratically-controlled news media.
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- Be sure to have a look at Victor Pickard’s book Democracy Without Journalism: Confronting the Misinformation Society.
- You can also find more of Pickard’s work on his Annenberg School for Communication page, including After Net Neutrality: A New Deal for the Digital Age and Media Activism in the Digital Age.
- Head over to Jacobin to read an interview with Pickard on the pandemic and how to save the news industry.
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