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Epilogue: Digital journalism, a golden age, a data-driven dream, a paradise for readers - or the proletarianization of a profession?
chapterposted on 19.06.2019, 08:40 by Toby Miller
In 2013, the late David Carr, a breathtakingly immodest chief drug confessor and solipsist from the New York Times who also acted as its principal technology booster, wrote an advice to young anglo-parlante journalists: Right now, being a reporter is a golden age. There may be a lack of business models to back it up, but having All Known Thought One Click Away—on the author desktop, tablet or phone makes it an immensely deeper, richer exercise than it used to be. Thinking about life on the other side of news, Tom Englehardt, a well-meaning critic of US imperialism says we are living in a golden age of journalism because of what he dubs 'the rise of the reader'. Englehardt is writing about technological relations and their impact on texts and societies. In addition to this new era of readers' hegemony over digital journalism, there is great excitement over such new technologies as 'drone journalism' and 'immersive journalism'.
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