Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism, delivered this commencement speech to the Class of 2010:
Last year I urged our graduates to get involved in the larger conversation about the future of journalism that is now taking place very intensely in societies all over the world—a conversation that is going on not just within the confines of the profession, as was customary before the digital revolution arrived.
Is this satire? Has Mr. Lemann read 1984? "Journalism" should rise and fall on its own merits. Journalism has always been portrayed as the fourth branch of government. If it were to ask, or accept, any money from the government, it would be worse than incest.
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