Journalists Struggle to Find Metaphors (Like Boats in a Storm)

| 6/1/2009 1:32:16 PM

Newspapers BurningJournalists are burying their heads in the sand, as newspapers spin their wheels in the dune, not realizing that the axles are already broken.

No wait.

Journalists are choking in a sea of turbulent media, struggling and gasping for air, as newspapers—that look less and less like lifeboats—navigate perilously close to a rocky shore.

One more try:

The ivory castle of journalism is being raided by a marauding hoard of bloggers and citizen journalists who are hell-bent on scorching the earth of the media, and then salting it so nothing will ever grow again.

Writers have come up with plenty of metaphors to describe the death of their own industry and, like the over-crowded media landscape they lament, there’s plenty of quantity just not a lot of quality. Beth Macy, writing for the American Journalism Review included some old saws and a couple of new ones in a recent article on journalists who have decided: “If the ship's sinking, she's going down with it.”

6/2/2009 1:55:02 PM about "Platform Apocalypse" as a play on the New York Times owner's comment as quoted in last month's Vanity Fair that hhe's "platform agnostic"

6/2/2009 12:11:56 PM

Just accept the world is becoming more informed without the 'mainstream' (read: Shit Creek) media bullshit. Truth is now spreading (via the www), and real truth is free.

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