I am so over newspaper executives, industry experts, et al talking about the solutions to the burning-tail nosedive that we are in. My ire was rekindled by a piece from Steve Outing called Do Newspaper Have 6 Months? where he talks about the recent API (American Press Institute) meeting of newspaper CEOs and other Important People to address The Problems.
Outing, astutely, points out that the time for talking in broad strokes is somewhat past. I love his graph on the Phases of a Crisis. But what follows in the comments and discussions is so more of same, I am physically uncomfortable. I have the same reaction to almost any site that is part of the Mainstream Media. Why?
Because the newspaper industry is just now waking up to ideas about media and the Internet and journalism that are almost old. Virus of the Mind (web site design is practically a fossil). The Long Tail. Cluetrain Manisfesto. Ambient Findability. Waiting for Your Cat to Bark. Anything by Seth Godin.
As happens so often, the blogosphere -- which newspapers STILL think is nothing but a collection of kitty photos and grammatically flawed rants -- has been so far ahead of the curve, that I, for one, can't stand talking about it anymore. It's like a freshman who just discovered existentialism and makes a black-and-white film about death.