David Carr on the current boom in newfangled journalism:
I was part of the first bubble as a journalist at Inside.com in 2001 — an idea a decade ahead of its time — and this feels very different.
The web was more like a set of tin cans and a thin wire back then, so news media upstarts had trouble being heard. With high broadband penetration, the web has become a fully realized consumer medium where pages load in a flash and video plays without stuttering. With those pipes now built, we are in a time very similar to the early 1980s, when big cities were finally wired for cable. What followed was an explosion of new channels, many of which have become big businesses today.
A good way to look at it, I think. Because of the written-word parallels, so many people want to compare online journalism to newspaper journalism. But perhaps it is far more analogous to other businesses in the past.