"When a 14 year old kid can blow up your business in his spare time, not because he hates you but because he loves you, then you got a problem." -- Gordy Thompson

New Media thinker Clay Shirkey has written a fascinating essay, "Newspapers and the Unthinkable" on the future (or lack thereof) of newspapers.

In it, he addresses some of the very issues that I myself have been thinking about: how newspapers are in total meltdown because of the web and services like Craigslist, how the Internet is a revolution every bit as profound as the Gutenberg Press, and how the question of "How do we save newspapers?" is the wrong question to be asking -- because newspapers are dying, and that process probably can't be stopped. The question should be, "How do we replace the essential function of newspapers?"

And the scary answer is: We don't know yet.

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