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Good news is on the way.
- Modest Mouse

The successful publisher of tomorrow will be the one who creates a community around an author and readers.
- Bob Stein, Institute for the Future of the Book, The future of the book

News is something someone doesn't want printed. All else is advertising.
- William Randolph Hearst

I can't think of many media companies at all around the world that have successfully yet grappled with the structural changes that are going on in the news media business. The business model that has sustained journalism as we know it and understand it for the past, well depending on which medium you're looking at, up to the past 200 years, they're under threat in a way that they've never been before, and nobody has yet found a solution. I mean one of the things that occurs to me in this context is that the big media companies are a little bit like the Queen Mary, they're very hard to turn around. And so I don't think there's any coincidence that some of the most transforming new technologies and the use of them, have actually come from little backyard operations, and I'm thinking particularly here of Wikipedia and Youtube and Itunes, all of them, they are having a huge impact on the broad media world, and none of them originated in big media companies, they all originated elsewhere. So it's very difficult when you're in an entrenched position. I mean what that tends to mean is it breeds kind of fear and uncertainty and doubt, whereas what is needed is kind of root and branch change, and fresh thinking, and left field thinking, and so on., to tackle some of the changes that need to be made.
- Matthew Ricketson, Media Report (December 2008)

The late E.F. Schumacher believed that there are two places to find wisdom: in nature and in religious traditions. To seek wisdom in nature we should obviously go to those who have loved nature enough to study it.
- Matthew Fox, Original Blessing

As far as — sure, I want the traffic to increase, but to me the ultimate goal is not just bringing people to this walled garden that is
- Vivian Schiller, Why NPR is the Future of Mainstream Media

Without context, a piece of information is just a dot. It floats in your brain with a lot of other dots and doesn't mean a damn thing. Knowledge is information-in-context -- connecting the dots.
- Michael Ventura, Letters at 3AM

Experienced travelers refer to this perception problem as 'The CNN Effect.' You'll hear nothing about a country on the news until suddenly something bad happens and it's all the perky newscasters can talk about. A bomb goes off in Casablanca, so everyone stops going anywhere in Morocco ... Tourism to Bali dropped after the tsunami hit in Asia, even though it's over a thousand miles from the affected area.
- Tim Leffel, Make your travel dollars worth a fortune

Newspaper critics are being bypassed by web sites where people are allowed to become critics themselves. And nearly all these sites are a two-way conversation. Especially in areas like Travel, the younger generation wants to read information by people like themselves. So a newspaper has a choice. They can say we are the experts, or they can say 'this is interesting' ask their readers to comment.
- Alan Rusbridger, the editor of the Guardian, quoted in Mike Butcher's A pincer movement on the papers

Whatever is unnamed, undepicted in images, whatever is omitted from biography, censored in collections of letters, whatever is misnamed as something else, made difficult-to-come-by, whatever is buried in the memory by the collapse of meaning under an inadequate or lying language -- this will become not merely unspoken, but unspeakable.
- Adrienne Rich

Look at 2006 through a different lens and you'll see another story, one that isn't about conflict or great men. It's a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It's about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people's network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It's about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.
- Time Magazine

How did it come to be that the news is reported solely by journalists?
- Rob Brezsny, Pronoia

I read the news today, oh boy.
- The Beatles

Ignorance is of a peculiar nature; once dispelled, it is impossible to re-establish it. It is not originally a thing of itself, but is only the absence of knowledge; and though man may be kept ignorant, he may not be made ignorant.
- Thomas Paine, quoted in From Milton to McLuhan

When did we stop calling it 'the underground press?' When did the more polite 'alternative' usurp the usage? That's one of those little landmarks lost to history, even by we who were making (or dancing to?) that history. I've asked others who were there, and they can't remember either. Looking back, it was the turning point. At some unmarked moment we all sort of forgot that we'd been trying to bring down the American system and dedicated ourselves to a task both more possible and more complicated: We engaged in a commercial venture that would make money and support us while standing for anti-commercial values -- true children of our generation, we determined to have our cake and, while critically discussing its contents, eat it too.
- Michael Ventura, Look Ma, No Hands

At the Beauty and Truth Laboratory, we believe that stories about the rot are not inherently more captivating than stories about the splendor ... Obsessing on evil is boring. Rousing fear is hackneyed shtick. Wallowing in despair is a bad habit. Indulging in cynicism is akin to committing a copycat crime.
- Rob Brezsny, Pronoia

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