Here’s a blast from the past that was tucked away in the Interwebz Fail File. Newsweek (or is it Newsweak?) left a prediction fail wide enough to drive a Google robotic car through. Actually, a whole fleet of them. Side by side.
After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s not that I haven’t had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I’ve met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I’m uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community. Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic.
Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.
Read more at Clifford Stoll: Why Web Won’t Be Nirvana – Newsweek.
Do you need any more witness to the impotence of state-run media outlets?
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- Revealed! Tina Brown Has Put Hillary Clinton On The First Cover Of Redesigned Newsweek (businessinsider.com)
- A New Newsweek (newsweek.com)
- SPD blog: First look at the Newsweek redesign (blogs.journalism.co.uk)
- Newsweek, The Daily Beast Discuss Potential Merger (dailyfinance.com)
- Newsweek, NYT Mag May Actually Hire New Editors Soon [Media] (gawker.com)