Lunchbox/Soapbox: Tim Dunlop: New Media Versus Old Media is Old News
Tim Dunlop, author of The New Front Page: New Media and the Rise of the Audience, argues we need to stop talking about new media versus old media and instead look at ways for them to work together in service of the citizens they purport to serve.
As far as the media is concerned: this is the best of times, this is the worst times.
The worst, because no one has figured out how to make the important journalism on which a democracy relies pay for – and thus sustain – itself.
The best, because the new technologies have unleashed an unprecedented level of information that makes it possible for people to be better informed than ever.
Read an edited extract of this talk here.
Tim Dunlop writes about the media and politics for a number publications, including a regular column for the ABC at The Drum. His PhD is in political philosophy. He convenes a course in new media at the University of Melbourne in the Centre for Advancing Journalism.
He is the author of the book, The New Front Page: New Media and the Rise of the Audience, a seminal account of the changing face of news media. His latest book, Why The Future Is Workless, addresses the question of whether robots will take our jobs.