David Carr left us today. He was simultaneously optimistic about the adaptability of the news media in the modern age while pessimistic about the agility of the institutions that were the keepers, underwriters, and employers of those that practice the craft in its current form. He was conflicted which way to go, like a man astrid two ice floes drifting apart.
Their tiny netbooks and iPhones, which serve as portals to the cloud, contain more informational firepower than entire newsrooms possessed just two decades ago. And they are ginning content from their audiences in the form of social media or finding ways of making ambient information more useful. They are jaded in the way youth requires, but have the confidence that is a gift of their age as well.