There is probably no better evidence that journalism is a public good than the fact that none of America’s financial geniuses can figure out how to make money off it. The comparison to education is striking. When managers apply market logic to schools, it fails, because education is a cooperative public service, not a business. Corporatized schools throw underachieving, hard-to-teach kids overboard, discontinue expensive programs, bombard students with endless tests, and then attack teacher salaries and unions as the main impediment to “success.” No one has ever made profits doing quality education — for-profit education companies seize public funds and make their money by not teaching. In digital news, the same dynamic is producing the same results, and leads to the same conclusion.Oy!
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
I Couldn't Have Said it Better, Myself
I was reading a piece over at Salon about online journalism - an excerpt from a book (which I haven't read in full), “Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy” by Robert W. McChesney. . The final paragraph drew a parallel to education that really just said it all: