The news from the world of journalism has been almost unrelievedly bad for as long as I have been a journalist. When I graduated from college in 1992 and tried to get a job, I was told it was the worst recession in newspaper history, and I was rejected by 91 out of 92 newspapers I applied to. Then things got worse.
But I would argue that maybe it’s not that bad, that maybe all the things that people have savaged the Internet for — speed, carelessness, chaos, the destruction of the daily newspaper — are actually creating a golden age for journalism.
To begin to understand why, let me take you back to the Paleolithic era of digital journalism. It was the year 2000. I was goofing off at the Slate office, reading some magazine that had absolutely nothing to do with my actual job, when I came across…
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