Me and ChatGPT

I get this free online publication called LLRX. It’s a newsletter of Law and Technology Resources for Legal Professionals.

And look what I found there! Toward a durable, dictator-proof Washington Post.

Well, that was a lot to take in, so I figured I’d summarize it with ChatGPT so it’s easier to read.

Here’s what I got:

The article discusses the idea of transforming The Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos, into a long-lasting and independent journalistic institution by adopting a trust model similar to that of The Guardian in the UK. The author suggests that Bezos could use his considerable wealth to establish a trust or equivalent structure to ensure the Post’s financial sustainability while prioritizing public service over profit. The proposed model would focus on metrics reflecting the paper’s impact on serving the country and planet, rather than traditional profit-driven metrics.

Well, after I stopped laughing, I read on.

The article argues that this approach could insulate the Post from potential threats, such as interference from authoritarian figures or the influence of media moguls with specific agendas. It emphasizes the importance of journalistic independence and the potential benefits of transitioning the Post into a public service model, safeguarding it against political pressures and ensuring its commitment to investigative journalism.

Hmm … media moguls like who? The paper’s owner? Um …

And what an interesting headline. The last time I actually compared someone to a dictator, you know what happened? Nothing, that’s what. Ah, well.

Onward, right?

The author suggests that a trust model could also lead to improvements in labor relations, offering stability and the freedom for journalists to pursue meaningful stories without financial anxieties. Additionally, the article proposes that a restructured Post could pioneer initiatives like civic dashboards, providing real-time statistics on local governance and public issues, and potentially becoming a model for other major news organizations.

Yeah, they could do all sorts of cool things. But will they? And you do realize we live (as one lawyer liked to remind me) in  a very capitalist society.

There’s not much more to go here, so let’s wrap things up.

The final section of the article discusses updates and reactions to the proposed idea, including similar suggestions from other experts. It also highlights the potential challenges of relying on billionaires for media benevolence and suggests that public funding or endowment-style efforts might be more sustainable alternatives.

Overall, the article advocates for a transformation of The Washington Post into a more durable and independent institution, grounded in a trust or similar model, to ensure its longevity and commitment to public interest journalism.

These are all interesting and nice thoughts. I wonder if anyone will listen this time.

And I found another article as I slipped down the rabbithole of online research: Saving the news media means moving beyond the benevolence of billionaires.

Ahem! 🙂 Hello indie authors!

BTW, here’s how to use ChatGPT to find the right place to publish an article.

A real time-saver! I guess.

But wait! What’s all this then?

Hmm …? 🙂


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