News can’t go it alone

I finally had a free hour to read Phil Bronstein’s post about the future and lack thereof of newspapers and how to live to inform another day (including reference to me reading entrails, not a pleasant visual, especially for me). I can sum up his piece in one word:

Cooperation.

Right. If there is one big lesson of the internet age, one moral to the still-unfinished (but not for long) story of newspapers and the future of news, it is that single companies and products will not own news in markets anymore and the way they will move into the networked future is by cooperating. Collaborating. Linking. That is not a small lesson for an industry that is used to going it alone, owning it alone.

  • invitedmedia

    “mr. jarvis and other robed shamanists”… lol!

  • Walter Abbott

    Paleontologists have learned much from examining petrified dinosaur dung – diet, illnesses, etc. One day, future communications historians will dig up the fossilized bones of Phil and WR and Punch and Pinch to find out what caused the extinction of the Newsosaur – a creature that once ruled the World of information distribution.

    • http://mountainx.com Jeff Fobes

      Newsosaur’s death would appear to have been precipitated by a failure to cooperate in the search for sustenance and an interminably me-first nature.

  • James H

    If newspapers link and cooperate, might they run into antitrust problems?

    • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

      no. it’s just linking.

  • http://smalltownnewspaper.blogspot.com/ Mike

    Ever notice how about half of the links Jarvis puts up are links to his own posts?