Journalism Without Journalists

Date: Sun, 16 Jul 1995 11:18:31 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: architecture without architects
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Professor Negroponte

You wrote in Soft Architecture Machines about "a new kind of architecture without architects."

The general assumption is that in most cases the architect is an unnecessary and cumbersome (and even detrimental) middleman between individual, constantly changing needs and the continuous incorporation of these needs into the built environment. The arc hitect's primary functions, I propose, will be served well and served best by computers. (Negroponte, 1975, p. 1).

Brand, in The Media Lab, says that as the Architecture Machine Group progressed through its work in the 1970s, this word "without" became a kind of motif. The group was working on, as Brand (1987) puts it, "books without authors, film without scripts or directors." In other words, interactive materials which could be experienced differently by each individual user.

Considering I am in journalism, and that is the topic of my paper, is it fair to say that you envision journalism without journalists?


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