‘news media organizations seem unlikely to survive if they continue to operate under assumptions that they have inherited from our previous ideas about ideas, information, and knowledge which were informed by the strengths and limitations of paper.’
Machine learning and the Internet challenge underlying conventions in journalistic storytelling, says commentator David Weinberger. He argues that journalists often seek to connect events or effects to their cause.
Instead, he says, access to vast amounts of information shows the underlying reasons for an event are more complex than portrayed by simple narratives.
David Weinberger is the author of Everyday Chaos and the Cluetrain Manifesto, amongst others, and is a senior researcher a Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.