“The new model of media seems to include some big institutions, mostly devoted to fluff and with not much incentive to do real in-depth investigations, and some bloggers, who may have plenty of skepticism but don’t really do gumshoe work or deep analysis of documents. There seems to be a big gap left.”
Open America fills that gap.
I sense strong demand for transparency and explanation of how government really works that is not conspiratorial or naive. This demand is especially among the young, who are the most capable of mastering the amazing tools that we now have to investigate and tell stories on the Web.
Where the money comes from is clear. The creative destruction of capitalism has undermined or destroyed the business models of the old media. At the same time, it is creating new power centers in government, new business models for timely reporting on government, and new urgency among the public for action.
That’s what Open America is all about: a new model to support timely and urgent reporting on government.