“In a dark time, the eye begins to see”
Every week, tech companies and their extensions announce the rollout of a new resource, something that will bring great benefits for society, something that will bring back lot revenues and relevance for publishers, something that journalists have long been waiting for and will return them to their role of caretakers of society and guardians of the democracy. The media and its adjacencies were taken for years by kind of a sebastianism, an irrational wait for the return of something that decayed a long ago. Journalism needs to mature and leave a state of denial that it can survive with the help of the Facebooks and Googles of the moment. It’s time to get over and stop pretending that display advertisement, subscriptions and patronage will make dead flowers rise again.