This well-written observation doesn't apply only to journalists --
"Henry James . . . wrote "Chaos often breeds life when order breeds habit," and this is a great lesson for us as we confront, once again, the pain of change. Chaos is stirring, and new ideas are bubbling up from the bottom, while the ordered, top-down culture we've created is hanging on for dear life. Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of journalism, where mid-career workers are beginning to share Adams' gut-wrenching revelation."
I can't think of a single current "industry" that is not the site of such gut-wrenching revelations. The author also observes that "in the time it will take to re-equip everybody, new business models will already be thriving in the hands of people who do possess the knowledge."
Merely saying that "change is the only constant" doesn't get you to the gut-wrenching state, but for a mid-career professional, living amongst the "students" for a few days certainly will.
Lawyers would be well advised to heed the observations too --
So let's take a moment to examine what's happening at street level, where the personal media revolution is taking place. Web and politics pioneer, Joe Trippi, made an important observation about it last year:If information is power, then the Internet, which distributes information democratically to anyone who has access to it, is no longer distributing just information — it's distributing power. And in a top-down society, it's empowering the bottom. Put more simply—in America, it's empowering the American people.
And the paradox of power is that discontent increases with opportunities for acting on it. The more the bottom is given the tools to make and distribute their own media, the greater their power; the greater their power, the greater their discontent and, along with it, the opportunity for acting on that discontent. This bubbling caldron of energy is profoundly anti-elitist and anti-institution, because the more the bottom surveys the landscape these days, the more they realize that our culture has failed them, and this energy is palpable in the halls of power.