There Are Plenty Of Ways For Gov't Watchdogs To Do Their Jobs Without Newspapers

from the life-goes-on dept

Following a series of stories from ex-journalists insisting that the death of newspapers would lead to an age of corruption and the downfall of democracy, Yochai Benkler has written up an article explaining just how ridiculous all this sounds. He points out — as have many others — that just because newspapers go away, it doesn’t mean that journalism goes away — and then points out a bunch of different models of non-newspaper watchdog/anti-corruption publications that work quite well today. And, should newspapers actually go away, many additional options would likely show up, as well. The idea that people suddenly stop watching the government just because a newspaper is not around makes little sense. For a bunch of “journalists” to make such a claim, when there’s ample evidence that alternative models do work, suggests that they’re not doing a very good job reporting on those alternative models.

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or wrappin your fish n chips says:

Suitable for lining your hampster cage

“the death of newspapers would lead to an age of corruption and the downfall of democracy, “

Well, that’s strange … newspapers are very much alive today and have been for many decades, and yet there continues to be wide spread corruption throughout government, business and society in general. Just what is it that newspapers will prevent ?

TFP says:

Yea, right

Here in the UK the downfall of democracy is running full speed ahead and we still have newspapers (and the BBC), not reporting (except for the Guardian) it.

Most camera spying on the public: check
biometric ID cards for all citizens wanted: check
ISPs to watch all ‘net related activity: check
Internet censorship: check
Anti terrorist laws passed and used to ascertain where children really live for school placement: check
database of all children for viewing by any official body: check
Massive bailout of bank created financial crisis: check
unanswerable governmental petty cash (£1000s per year per member of parliament) payouts hidden from unwashed masses: check
Torture of terrorist suspects known about and ignored: check

Nope, no problems with the death of democracy in this newspaper filled country.

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