“Content is culture. You don’t ‘solve’ culture: you just facilitate the flow of its consumption.”
Showpiece productions like the recent NSA Files from The Guardian and last year’s Snowfall from the New York Times offer hope for the future of news. They are part of a micro-burst of experimentation that hints at what the next generation of digital news products could look and feel like every day.
The experience at the extraordinary Hunt Library is so encompassing, so collaborative that it’s apt to make gatekeepers everywhere a little uncomfortable. So complete is the remaking that traditionalists and visionists alike wonder if The Hunt should even be called a library.
The dismantling of the news industry’s landmark architecture occurs throughout the U.S. There is more to this than nostalgia for grand buildings and the indignity of decline. It’s personal.
Once again, We Media is designing new space. There’s the physical space of weSpace, the co-working hub we’re launching for entrepreneurs and digital creatives. There’s the social space where we connect innovators through technology, collaboration and creativity. And there’s the space between the ears where we consider our place in a shape-shifting world.
We’re rolling out a number of new projects in the next few days, including details and registration for the 2011 PitchIt Challenge and for the 2011 We Media conference. We’ve also just re-designed the We Media web site. You’re looking at it. Consider this a realtime preview – and pardon the dust and broken bits while we get things sorted out.