Futurist Ross Dawson predicts that newspapers as we know them will be
irrelevant in a decade, suggesting that journalism will be crowdsourced.
In a speech to Australia’s Newspaper Publishers’ Association forum, Dawson said mobile reading devices like the iPad that allow readers to read on the run would be “our primary news interfaces.”
The Australian reports:
“[Dawson] said the price to consumers of such devices, the forerunner of which was Apple’s iPad, would fall from $629 – the minimum cost of an iPad today – to less than $10, and they would often be given away.
“We are shifting to a media economy, dominated by content and social connection,” Dawson said, “Media revenues will soar but will be unevenly distributed. Yet established media organisations will need to reinvent themselves to participate in that growth.”