Sunday January 15, 2017
Newspapers are doomed because people don't want news, they want community
more stories from this episode
- What it means when a killer is a veteran: views from two sides of the border
- Forget electoral reform, it's time to reform politics
- The political risks of the urban-rural divide
- What small town Canadians and big city Canadians don't understand about each other
- Newspapers are doomed because people don't want news, they want community
- Meryl Streep's speech was patronizing to people with disabilities
- Full Episode
Newspapers are dying and the internet is to blame.
For years that's the story people within the news industry have told, and that narrative has been accompanied by a protracted effort by media to do news differently and protect the industry.
In fact recent documents obtained by CBC News suggest that media leaders in this country — worried about the effect of Facebook and Google — want federal policies that would extract money from digital carriers who produce little original Canadian content.
But Tyler Hellard argues the problem isn't who does news better: it's who does community better.
What the news said didn't matter, the important thing is that we all shared in it. It became the foundation of our community —something we all participated in. - Tyler Hellard
Hellard says before the internet, people relied on newspapers for a sense of community.
But things have changed: the internet, especially Facebook, does community better than newspapers ever could.
In Hellard's opinion while the news industry might think Facebook can help it, Facebook doesn't actually need the news at all.