This is the third part in a series of posts on the Internet and journalism. Earlier in the week, I started with "The Internet is for data". I continued with "Suspension of disbelief is critical to process data". And today I want to move from talking about 'data' in the generic sense to looking at different types of data - written, audio and video.
My conclusion is going to be that the Internet has been a significant disruptor of all three data types. But it's the level of disruption that matters when thinking about where this is headed. And journalism, being in the first bucket of written data, has been tremendously disrupted.
Data rates used to be the limiting factor
When the Internet age began, it was mostly about text because data transfer speeds were so slow. And even if they were fas...
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Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator in print and on television for the past decade. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.