The End of Twitter is the title of a piece in the New Yorker last week, which writes
that a series of mediocre product changes at Twitter (such as the much-hyped but ultimately confusing Moments feature), a stagnant user base, and a massive executive brain drain have called into question whether Twitter can survive as a business.
It says Twitter is facing an existential crisis because its service is so confused and undifferentiated,
What should worry Twitter is irrelevance, and there is growing data to suggest that that is where the company is headed. If Twitter’s real-time feed is its most powerful asset (and it is), it’s not difficult to see a future in which Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or even a newcomer likePeach (yes, I am citing Peach) focus enough on real-time news that they obviate the need for Twitter’s narrow, noisy, and oft-changing ideas about social interaction.
One major problem, as in this listicle, is Twitter’s role as “Troll Central”, while Facebook looks like it’s about to muscle in on Twitter’s core strength: real-time sharing. Meanwhile, gloom about the future of newspapers, with estimates that 1000 newsroom jobs are being lost every month in the US. A former student, Paige Pfleger, wrote for NPR
Digital-only outlets are also pursuing local news. Last year, Pew counted nearly 500 digital news startups that launched within the past decade, many of which are local outlets. But these aren’t exempt from the difficult news climates that have killed local papers.
On the upside, 2015 was the year that we started to take podcasting seriously. And noone so much so as WNYC, which spanned the divide between the public radio world and the podcasters. And for an aural representation of built-in obsolescence, please spend time at the Museum of Endangered Sounds. It’s just a click away.
ASSIGNMENT: Radio project: a recorded interview or a simple radio piece, of between 2’00 and 2’30. The theme should be related to technology and digital disruption in your beat. Rubric is here (for Feb 9)