I’d just observe that I recognize there’s a not-small element of a status struggle in all this. I’m pushing models and forms that place professional journalists at the center. That’s me and that’s what I do. New entrants, I’d gently suggest, are pushing for one in which technically grounded folks act as nodes for a new type of communication, and that’s what they’re good at.
It’s time for people who believe in the power of the narrative to respectfully but firmly insist on its place in the new digital landscape. I’d put it at the center.
But the fact is, the more you learn about the new technologies, the more you come to understand what a promising time this is. The struggle for primacy between technologists and professional writers is normal and even good. But eventually it’s got to come to an end, and—sorry to end on an ecumenical note—the two cultures have got to come together.
There’s too much important work to be done and, really, amazing potential for journalism now with the longform narrative playing an indispensible, central role.
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