It wasn't just words and wordsmiths that Bradlee fought for. He was in continuous combat with his archrival, A.M. Rosenthal, the executive editor of the New York Times. They were both hugely talented men with larger-than-life personalities, and with enormous egos.
In terms of journalism, of expression, of voice, of fine reporting and superb writing, of a range of news, thoughts, views, perspectives, and opinions about places, worlds, and phenomena that I wouldn't otherwise have known about, there has never been an experimental moment like this. I'm in awe.
What is the value of one American Harvard graduate who took a few courses in Chinese when you have a whole nation of people who speak the language, know the issues and have the tools to create text, video and stills and send it out instantly?
In a world of perishable correspondence, I fear we will lose precious writings to the Internet. Some would argue that the electronic world allows us to save writing in perpetuity unlike in the physical world -- I hope so.
The founding team of La Jeune Politique sees the changing world of journalism not as a death threat but as an opportunity. While the rest of the world is talking about the lack of jobs, this most dedicated team of young people has decided to create their own.
551-day-old app Instagram sold for a billion dollars, while the 116-year-old New York Times is valued at $967 million. But it's stood the test of time in a way that not even the greatest social network will be able to.