The future of journalism depends on the future of the Internet

Drop what you’re doing and take 30 minutes to listen to Brooke Gladstone’s interview with Lee Rainie for the latest edition of On the Media. The two discuss the results of the Pew Center’s latest survey on the future of the Internet.

No, not even 600 “experts” can predict the future. But the discussion of the trends, implications and opportunities that will evolve in the digital age is insightful and, at least to an optimist like me, inspiring.

Among the highlights:

  • The Internet will become completely ubiquitous. Half the survey respondents think that’s a good thing, half think it’s a bad thing.
  • No matter which side of the fence you’re on, Gladstone and Rainie end up agreeing that human nature is what will be revealed. We can’t blame technology.
  • Digital connectivity among people is an additive function. It does not replace offline networking. In other words, people are not more lonely or spend less time socially in the real world because of the digital connectivity.
  • We’ll become ridiculously mobile.

If you’re thinking about the future of journalism, here’s the place to start. How do you add value in this world of tomorrow? What can you provide that no one else can?

The answers to these questions are based largely on your experience, expertise and the opportunity around you (geographically or topically). Take a look around you, then take a look ahead of you (into the future) and see what opportunity presents itself.

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