Craig Newmark on the Death of Old Media

Question: What has been Craigslist’s impact on newspaper classified ads?

Newmark:    To people who are seriously involved in the journalism industry say that we’ve had a minor effect on classified revenues.  There are factors, a lot of them, and that’s a process of creative destruction, kind of like the replacement of buggy whips by car parts.  However, a vigorous press is needed for the survival of any democracy, so on a personal basis, I’m pretty concerned about that and so I try to help out people in journalism who are a lot smarter than me.  They are trying to preserve the best of journalism and journalistic jobs, and then try to build that into the new media environment.

Question: What is Craigslist’s contribution to new media?

Newmark:    The dots may not actually connect, [the idea].  Craigslist’s sole contribution so far to the new media environment in the sense of helping along is this work with the Berkeley Center for New Media.  Personally, I’m involved in a number of desperate efforts where I feel some connection and when I can see people are doing stuff that actually gets something done.  And some work with Jay Rosen, some with Jeff Jarvis or Dan Gillmor, some with Ellen Miller at Sunlight Foundation, some work with Consumers Union which does customer reports.  And also with the Berkeley Journalism School, they’re doing some really good hyperlocal work and I’ve engaged with them a bit.  There’s also other efforts to News Trust, maybe Spot.US.  NewsTrust represents an effort, a net base to build metrics and to use people to help figure out what are the most trustworthy versions of news stories.  Spot.US is much newer and I’m still [into] it, but I think the theme there is how might one commission a story, some kind of news story to get it done well in a trustworthy manner.  The hard part in a lot of these is fact checking and I’m also involved in FactCheck.org in a very minor way.

Craig Newmark makes some predictions for the future of the press.

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

Douglas Rushkoff – It’s not the technology’s fault

It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.

Think Again Podcasts
  • It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
  • Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
Keep reading Show less

Physicists puzzled by strange numbers that could explain reality

Eight-dimensional octonions may hold the clues to solve fundamental mysteries.

Surprising Science
  • Physicists discover complex numbers called octonions that work in 8 dimensions.
  • The numbers have been found linked to fundamental forces of reality.
  • Understanding octonions can lead to a new model of physics.
Keep reading Show less

Why 'upgrading' humanity is a transhumanist myth

Upload your mind? Here's a reality check on the Singularity.

Videos
  • Though computer engineers claim to know what human consciousness is, many neuroscientists say that we're nowhere close to understanding what it is, or its source.
  • Scientists are currently trying to upload human minds to silicon chips, or re-create consciousness with algorithms, but this may be hubristic because we still know so little about what it means to be human.
  • Is transhumanism a journey forward or an escape from reality?
Keep reading Show less