The blob

What is the core problem of today’s newspaper industry? What is the central challenge of the Internet to the old certainties of the news business?

According to Clay Shirky, the New York University professor of new media and the author of the 2008 international hit book Here Comes Everybody, the central problem is that there isn’t a central problem. It’s the disappearance of the centre, Shirky argued when he and I spoke at Ryerson University in Toronto last weekend, which is most undermining the old industrial newspaper industry with its top down hierarchies and tangible centres of power.

Perhaps Shirky will entitle his next book Everything Changes..... MORE