Some people might think I am conflating too many problems into one. Maybe I am, but whatever the web of systemic influences might be, I think we will see in coming times more examples of cultural backlashes against "too goods."
While others may be reading their morning paper, Schechter is busy writing, editing and aggregating his own, slicing below the surface of current events to "pick away at the sinews of what passes for journalism."
Those of us who have been reading Romenesko for years never really thought of what he was doing as "writing." It was ridiculous to accuse of him plagiarism or something like it because he didn't claim that anything he was posting was his original work.
We stand on the shoulders of giants. That's a phrase I've aggregated from Sir Isaac Newton, who had aggregated it from Bernard de Chartres. (I aggregated this observation from Kirby Ferguson's "Everything Is A Remix.")
Finding money to pay for news is an obsession haunting media executives worldwide. The big issues they face are whether to provide free content, how to connect with their audiences, how to cut costs, and how to innovate.
We aggregate news here at TheWrap along with producing a great deal of original content. But I'm starting to think hard about the line between lifting content and aggregating it. Exhibit A for me is Newser.com.