Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I'm channeling Archie Bunker

Remember Edith, wife of Archie Bunker in the 1970s TV sitcom "All in the Family"?

I decided today I'm as over-the-top exasperated with journalism as Archie was with Edith when she seesawed her way through "The Change" (menopause).

Here's the money quote in that episode, about 3:25 into the YouTube clip below: "Edith, if you're gonna have a change of life, you gotta do it right now. I'm gonna give you just 30 seconds. Now c'mon, change!" (Sorry, but it appears that episode has been scrubbed by YouTube. Too bad.)

I'd like to say that to the news business: If you're gonna change, do it already!

Paywall or no paywall? Ad-supported or not-for-profit? Career journalists or citizen journalistsMulti-media or overwhelmed?

There's no question the established newspaper model is changing. (Note, though, that at least a majority of regular readers would miss their newspaper if it were to disappear.)

But while we journalists can feel the base shifting beneath us, we don't yet know how to regain our footing. That leaves some of us yelling, like Archie, "C'mon, change!"

Where's our rock, our Edith?

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