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Lynda Resnick on the Future of Media


Question:\r\nDo you lament the demise of print newspapers?




Lynda\r\nResnick:            Well,\r\nI think, it’s all good.  There’s a\r\nplace for all media.  There really\r\nis.  I worry about magazines of\r\ncourse, you know.  And I worry\r\nabout newspapers because journalism is so important.  I was giving a presentation last week to a book club.  And it was an older market that I\r\nusually talk to.  And there was a\r\nfellow there that was asking me about the death of journalism and he was in\r\ntears.  He’s an older guy and it’s,\r\nlike, where do we get the truth anymore, you know? 


But,\r\nI think, we have to make this shift from printing presses, Gutenberg, to\r\nintellectual property.  And what\r\nWalter Isaacson said recently in Time Magazine, and you may have seen it on Jon\r\nStewart and it’s on the blogs and so forth; it’s on YouTube, that we should be\r\npaying for minute pieces of content rather than paying to buy a whole\r\nnewspaper. 3 quarters of a million pieces of paper in a Sunday New York Times,\r\n25% of that is recycled.  That’s\r\nit. I love my New York Times. I just read the New York Times.  I live in Los Angeles, I read the New\r\nYork Times everyday. 


But\r\nstill, what is the future of that printing?  What is the future of books?  We have all these disruptive technology like the\r\nkindle.  It’s only a small piece\r\ntoday but eventually, we’ll be reading books electronically.  We will.  And so, we have to make a shift, a seismic shift so that we\r\nkeep authors writing, journalists speaking.  Investigative journalism has to survive.  We don’t want to become a nation of Nu\r\nspeak in this tabloid era we live in. \r\nWe have to have the truth. 




Recorded\r\non: March 17, 2009


Roll International Co-Chair Lynda Resnick on the death and rebirth of journalism.

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