Tradition vs. Innovation

How far does one push the boundaries of a traditional institution, like newspaper journalism, in order to survive financially and remain relevant? Friday’s paper version of the Los Angeles Times wrapped itself in a Disney ad. It’s a clever trick, and in the land of movies, why not? It’s clear that it is an ad and not a front page news story. Newspapers are disappearing quickly, but how do they adapt in this rapidly changing world so that they not only survive, but also retain their value (however that may be defined)? I have no idea.

A this-is-the-way-we’ve-always-done-it attitude isn’t going to cut it these days, and while an attempt to make changes may fail, learning and growth require trying new things and being able to make mistakes. One cannot become better by doing the same thing. It assumes that you are the best and that there is no room for improvement. There is, however, a lot of risk involved in big changes. These risks can yield great rewards or have significant consequences.

What does that mean for schools today?

As Alice once said,

‘Dear, dear! How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle!’

Click on the picture to read a nytimes article about the LA Times cover.


2 thoughts on “Tradition vs. Innovation

  1. I love the irony here. “A nytimes article about the latimes!” On that note, I have appreciated the NY Times more in an electronic format than the gigantic paper roll that used to come to the neighbor’s house.
    The balance of tradition and innovation remains a key debate at school, one I/we bring to broader audiences. One question we have been posing is “what is innovative at Epiphany?” “What is traditional at Epiphany?” Look forward to reading more posts!

  2. Let us face it: The days of the printed newspaper are counted—and even the end of the online newspaper may be in sight.

    These increasingly more desperate attempts to save a business model on the way out, show just how near the end is.

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