Old School Meets New School

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Fascinating read about the enduring utility of print newspapers during social movements by David Carr on the New York Times website. (Potential bias of a newspaper writing about another newspaper: identified and acknowledged.)

“The act of one person giving another person a newspaper is important,” said Arun Gupta, one of dozens of people who helped put together The Occupied Wall Street Journal. “We wanted to come up with something that was beautifully designed and well-written that gives a tangible form to what is under way.” A call for the financing of the pop-up, instant newspaper went out on Kickstarter.com at the end of last month. An ad hoc group set out to raise $12,000 and has now surpassed $75,000. …Mr. Gupta edited the newspaper, along with Michael Levitin, a former Associated Press journalist, and Jed Brandt, a writer and activist, was the lead designer. Dozens of other people pitched in. A second issue hit the streets on Saturday, along with a Spanish edition of the first issue.

I think Carr’s article also neatly illustrates the powerful confluence of technology, activism and old-school media. The Occupy newspaper likely wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the financial crowd sourcing catalyst, Kickstarter. The newspaper itself was undoubtedly created and distributed using the most up-to-date digital technologies.

The exciting thing about our time is that we have the ability to choose between mediums, and have the resources to leverage the one that has the most efficacy for any given moment or purpose.