'This Week' Web Extra: David Remnick

New Yorker editor David Remnick answers questions on the future of media.
3:18 | 08/11/13

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Princess such. You know newspapers on paper. I think most people agree has a good shot at not being around in fifteen years twenty years you know that thing that arrives on your doorstep at the Biden news to -- But the quality of journalism that you -- in something like the Washington Post the New York Times the Wall Street Journal pick your favorite. Had better be around or we are lost. In other words we can. Exist as a functioning democracy that the best kind of democracy without the best kind of journalism. And if we try we're going to would be to do -- -- -- apparel so whether or not exist on paper this is technological question. It's a time question. But whether journalists and really rigorous journalists insists it is an -- essential. -- -- -- I think I think newspapers. Bought into it -- -- -- Banner of information wants to be -- and they thought if they could just build up build up build up build up traffic. -- web advertising would comment and it would be redemptive it would save the day. But as we know web advertising is -- much much cheaper. Then advertising. On pieces of paper. And so while sites to build up traffic it and bring in the revenue they want so they now have to double back and build up pay walls. They have to go back and say look if you want this quality journalism you have to pay. And I and thankfully that was one mistake that The New Yorker managed to -- Well. Because I have I've sometimes he'll have enough from the platform I have the magazine itself which exists online which exists. But you can get on your iPad on your laptop on your phone so that that's that's a projection -- -- in some way to. And I write a lot. And I just sometimes you just filling up 24 hours in the day and I and I see people with Twitter consuming some of their time and energy. That I don't necessarily want to I use Twitter. I I use Twitter search more than is absolutely. Healthy may be. And I use in the reporting process but I don't tweet that's right -- -- you know I've gotten some. Some people in the -- -- -- -- some people let's don't for now right. I don't see it as immensely valuable. The -- family's inability to hold onto it. Which hold onto a superb newspaper. With the best values and intentions. And a city that still -- it quite. -- -- lovingly. Is an unintended consequence. Of the technological revolution. That is you know the Boston Globe -- all these things this is where we're going through eight technological tsunami that began. In fact quite a while -- a long time ago. But the unintended consequences of it. Include that and that's so it's a reflection of its times. It's a great question and I I I think. I don't believe in the great man theory of history I don't think all historical currents others through the responsibility. But the result. You know some singular personality exerting his. Or her will and history. We as human beings are -- another human beings innately we're immensely curious about them whether -- -- pop singers or first baseman war. Politicians and so I -- my reflex to get into a subject is often through the profile through 11 person and I've done that sports a tenant and politics have done an international relations and it's kind of what's my.

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