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465 pages, Kindle Edition
First published September 6, 2018
"That is what real revolutions are like. The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in place... Even the revolutionaries can't predict what will happen." (as observed by Clay Shirky p. 134)
"Those who believed this had contempt for large parts of what Web 2.0 represented. They would curl their lips as they spat out the phrase 'citizen journalist'. 'Would you like a citizen brain surgeon for a tumour?' they sneered. 'How about a citizen dentist?'. As if reading two books plus-a-bit-of-shorthand to 'qualify' as a journalist was the equivalent of six years of a neurosurgical residency on top of a four-year medical degree to be a brain surgeon."
“That gave some clarity. But the real story was more complicated. And far more interesting...” (p. 278)
“In a separate universe a young Australian called Julian Assange was hell-bent on revolution. He despised journalists. But he had hundreds of thousands of top-secret documents in his backpack and was beginning to feel desperate...” (p. 243)
“But the bleaker the financial figures, the tougher the immediate argument for investigative journalism became to sustain. And it was about to become even harder.” (p. 162)
"It didn't require much knowledge of history to know how the government or administration of the day will regularly insist it is not in the public interest to publish something. The greatest joournalists didn't meekly acquiesce... That's what the Fourth Estate meant - an institution that stood apart from, and independent of, all other centres of power." (p. 319)