Home of Venetian printer Aldus Manutius (pictured)
If you’ve never read it, there are some interesting thoughts in Clay Shirkey’s 2009 blog “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable.”
“Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism. For a century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable. That’s been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as it is stopping before our eyes, we’re going to need lots of other ways to strengthen journalism instead.
When we shift our attention from ‘save newspapers’ to ‘save society’, the imperative changes from ‘preserve the current institutions’ to ‘do whatever works.'”