Newspapers Pursued New Tech with Wrong Intentions

In a column at Slate, Jack Schafer says newspapers’ overcommitment to form and content lock-in led to the industry missing Web opportunities:

From the beginning, newspapers sought to invent the Web in their own image by repurposing the copy, values, and temperament found in their ink-and-paper editions. Despite being early arrivals, despite having spent millions on manpower and hardware, despite all the animations, links, videos, databases, and other software tricks found on their sites, every newspaper Web site is instantly identifiable as a newspaper Web site. By succeeding, they failed to invent the Web.

tags: , , , , , ,