The business of journalism as we know is in trouble and there’s a scramble for a “new journalism model,” with VICE.com held up as the latest prototype (see here, here and here). I am not so sure VICE is the new journalism–it’s partnership with “old media” (CNN, HBO) is old fashioned, it mostly produces sponsored content (nothing new there), owns an advertising agency and makes nice with Rupert Murdoch. Of course, VICE’s style represents something fresh. With its diversity of topics and irreverence, it is a vast improvement on the talking heads of cable news. But, there is also much to dislike about Vice.
On Thursday, the Al Jazeera English program, “The Stream,” discussed the 100th anniversary of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress or ANC. I was a guest on the 30 minute live show. It proved to be a lot of fun, though technical difficulties meant we did not often hear the other guests.