The Web’s Not About Websites

JEFF JARVIS, author of Gutenberg the Geek (Amazon Publishing), Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live (Simon & Schuster, 2011) and What Would Google Do? (HarperCollins 2009), blogs about media and news at He is associate professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.

He is consulting editor and a partner at Daylife, a news startup. He consults for media companies and is a public speaker. Until 2005, he was president and creative director of, the online arm of Advance Publications. Prior to that, Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner; assistant city editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune; reporter for Chicago Today.

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Question: What’s the most exciting idea you’ve heard recently?

Jeff Jarvis: I think what I’ve heard is a lot more disruption going on.  And that’s exciting because it means there are new opportunities.  It’s frightening too, but I find optimism and excitement in disruption.

Question: What will be the next big technological innovation to hit us?

Jeff Jarvis: I don’t know, but I think that the answer might be that the streamed Web is important.  We thought the Web was about content like ours, sites and pages, but I think now we see with Twitter and RSS and email all adding up, it’s this new streamed, live Web.  And it’s going to be hard to get used to that next, never-ending web of content.