Stephen E. Arnold: Print – and Digital – Media Dead

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Stephen E. Arnold
Stephen E. Arnold

Print and Digital: Both Goners

I read in McPaper this article: “Wolff: Print’s Dead — but So Is Digital.” Okay, I learned from Dr. Francis Chivers (Duquesne University professor in the 1960s) that God is dead. I learned from Francis Fukuyama (assorted universities) that history is dead. Now I learn from McPaper that print and digital are dead. A two’fer! That is what makes McPaper so darned compelling.

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Phi Beta Iota: When aggregated, data becomes generic information — this is where both print and digital media are now, each with a 90% or greater “noise to signal” ratio for readers with a brain. “Intelligence” is tailored collection, aggregation, processing, visualization, and presentation on specific questions of interest to a specific person. This is where all information tribes (academic, civil society, commerce, government, law enforcement, media, military, and non-government/non-profit) need to be going. They continue to resist.