Television has won

“Television, old or new, is the medium of our post-Enlightenment era when text and reason are substituted by images and emotions. To be brief and blunt, Trump is just the beginning.”

The Internet used to be something you read. In 2018, it will officially be something you watch.

Two decades after the web posed an unexpectedly serious challenge to television in the 1990s, we can now comfortably say television has won. It has conquered the internet, the media, and thereby the world.

Not just as a medium, but as a discourse which has deeply affected our understanding of ourselves and the world. Its linear, centralized, emotion-driven, and photography-centered form has prevailed over the decentralized, text-based, and reason-driven form of the World Wide Web, which was itself inspired by books and newspapers.

Not only is there a lot more investment into video journalism, television’s business models, broadcast or cable, are also dominating: from video ads before or in the middle of a clip, product placement, and monthly subscriptions. This is while digital or analogue ads for text-based media are plummeting.

Even criticism against “pivot to video” is more about “pivot to short videos” rather than videos altogether. Everybody is spending big cash on longform videos.

There are other similarities. Just as TV producers need cable or broadcast distributors to reach their audience, digital media now increasingly need social platforms such as Facebook or YouTube instead of their own websites or mobile apps. This wasn’t the case when the press had their own printing facilities or distribution systems.

Ideas such as “prime time” have also migrated from television to social media. You can’t tweet or post on Facebook or Instagram anytime any more. It has to happen at certain times to receive most engagement and thereby visibility.

This is all in addition to recent ideas such as YouTube TV, or Twitter and Facebook’s live broadcasts of conventional TV products. These are quite literally a re-imagination of television in the age of mobile internet.

The internet has become a neo-TV and we’re going to face the scary consequences of a TV-dominated society, some of which Neil Postman explained in his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death.

Television, old or new, is the medium of our post-Enlightenment era when text and reason are substituted by images and emotions. To be brief and blunt, Trump is just the beginning.

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Caitria O'Neill   The new court of public opinion

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Claire Wardle   Disinformation gets worse

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Jim Brady   With the people, not just of the people

Eric Nuzum   Beyond the narrative arc

Mario García   Storytelling finally adapts to mobile

Heather Bryant   Building the ecosystems for collaboration

Evie Nagy   Pivot to mobile video frustration

Amie Ferris-Rotman   More female reporters abroad (please)

Jared Newman   Venture funding and digital news don’t mix

Neha Gandhi   Filler killers

Susie Banikarim   R.I.P. Pivot to Video (2017–2017)

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Taylor Lorenz   Social and media will split

Doris Truong   Computer vision vs. the Internet vigilantes

Felix Salmon   Covering bitcoin while owning bitcoin

Kathleen McElroy   Building a news video experience native to mobile

Hannah Cassius   The year of the echo-chamber escapists

Jesse Holcomb   Information disorder, coming to a congressional district near you

Damon Krukowski   Reviving the alt-weekly soul

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Zizi Papacharissi   Women come back

Nikki Usher   The year of The Washington Post

Luke O'Neil   The end is already here

Justin Kosslyn   The year journalists become digital security experts

Tim Carmody   Watch out for Spotify

Eric Ulken   The year local publishers get smart(er) about change

Steve Grove   The midterms are an opportunity

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Laura E. Davis   Writing answers before you know the question

Lanre Akinola   Making noise is not a strategy

Dheerja Kaur   Fun with subscription products

Jessica Parker Gilbert   Design connects storytelling and strategy

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Mira Lowe   The year of the local watchdog

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Christopher Meighan   Passive partnership is in the rearview

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Matt Boggie   The intellectual equivalent of the Dead Sea

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Nancy Watzman   Know thy TV

Mary Walter-Brown   Show a little vulnerability

S. Mitra Kalita   The arc of news and audience

Tanzina Vega   It’s time for media companies to #PassTheMic

Lam Thuy Vo   Breaking free from the tyranny of the loudest

Renée Kaplan   The year of quiet adjustments (shhh)

Mary Meehan   Real lives are at stake in rural areas

Alexios Mantzarlis   Moving fake news research out of the lab

Juliette De Maeyer   A responsible press criticism

Kristen Muller   The year of the voter

Errin Haines   At the ballot, it’s time to count black women

Kawandeep Virdee   Zines had it right all along

Usha Sahay   Wallets get opened

Richard J. Tofel   The platforms’ power demands more reporters’ attention

Dan Newman   A return to trust

Alan Soon   The rise of start of psychographic, micro-targeted media

Rick Berke   Value is the watchword

Charo Henríquez   Training is an investment, not an expense

C.W. Anderson   The social media apocalypse

Niketa Patel   Live journalism comes of age

Almar Latour   Conquering calm

Mi-Ai Parrish   Blockchain and trust

Aron Pilhofer   We can’t leave the business to the business side any more

Tanya Cordrey   Finally, the seeds of radical reinvention

Raju Narisetti   Mirror, mirror on the wall

Jassim Ahmad   Thriving on change

P. Kim Bui   The reckoning is only beginning

Pete Brown   Push alerts, personalized

Frédéric Filloux   External forces

Kyle Ellis   Let’s build our way out of this

Pia Frey   Address users as individuals

Vivian Schiller   Pivot to tomorrow

Elizabeth Jensen   Show your work

Kim Fox   Audience teams diversify their approach

Emily Goligoski   Looking beyond news for inspiration

Brian Lam   Sketchy ethics around product reviews

Ståle Grut   Reclaiming audience interaction from social networks

Paul Ford   Go global

Sarah Marshall   Loyalty as the key performance indicator

Mariano Blejman   News games rule

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon   Seeking trust in fragmented spaces

Sam Ford   The year of investing in processes

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Edward Roussel   Eyes, ears, and brains

Tamar Charney   We get serious about algorithms

Jim Moroney   Newspapers have to be good enough for readers to pay for

Jennifer Coogan   The future is female

Corey Ford   The empire strikes back

Bill Keller   A growing turn to philanthropy

Monique Judge   Letting black women tell their own stories

Rachel Davis Mersey   AI, with real smarts

Federica Cherubini   The rise of bridge roles in news organizations

Adam Thomas   Sharing is caring: The year of the mentor

Rachel Schallom   Better design helps differentiate opinion and news

Marie Gilot   No assholes allowed

Mike Caulfield   Refactoring media literacy for the networked age

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams   Women of color will reclaim and monetize our time

Jennifer Brandel and Mónica Guzmán   The editorial meeting of the future

Miguel Castro   The arrival of the impact producer

Jarrod Dicker   Honesty in advertising

Alfred Hermida   Going beyond mobile-first

Debra Adams Simmons   And a woman shall lead them

Raney Aronson-Rath   Transparency is the antidote to fake news

Nushin Rashidian   Publishers seek ad dollar alternatives

Monika Bauerlein   The firehose of falsehood

Nicholas Quah   Stop talking trash about young people

Betsy O'Donovan and Melody Kramer   Skepticism and narcissism

Corey Johnson   The pro-fact resistance

Julia Beizer   A longer view on the pivot

L. Gordon Crovitz   Serving readers over advertisers

Carlos Martínez de la Serna   The new journalism commons

Sydette Harry   Listen to your corner and watch for the hook

Nathalie Malinarich   Peak push

Andrew Haeg   The year journalists become relationship builders

Dan Shanoff   You down with OTT? (Yeah, DTC)

Amy King   Let’s amplify visual voice

Mandy Velez   texting is lit rn, fam

Julia B. Chan   Looking for loyalty in all the right places

Ariana Tobin   Too tired to tap

Craig Newmark   Working together toward sustainable solutions

Cindy Royal   Your journalism curriculum is obsolete

Millie Tran and Stine Bauer Dahlberg   (Hint: It’s about your brand)

Lucas Graves   From algorithms to institutions

Sam Sanders   Shine the light on ourselves

Nicholas Diakopoulos   Fortifying social media from automated inauthenticity

Jake Levine   The return to now

Rubina Madan Fillion   Unlocking the potential of AI

Ray Soto   VR reaches the next level

Kelsey Proud   No, no, no