“In the process of industrialization, the people who mastered one technology tended not to be those who came to dominate the next technology. The stagecoach people didn’t produce motorcars. The motor vehicle people weren’t the ones who ended up producing trains. The train people weren’t the aviation companies and so on. I worry about that all the time in the platforms of journalism. That’s one reason I’m willing to experiment with new media and platforms as they come along. … I think gaming might be the next big platform for news organizations and causes.”

New York Times columnist Nick Kristof, explaining why he's working on a humanitarian game similar to FarmVille

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  • http://twitter.com/pjc415 P J Connolly

    Kristof doesn’t know as much about the history of American manufacturing as he thinks he does. The Studebaker family was known for its farm wagons well before the advent of the automobile; the Fishers built horse-drawn carriages in Ohio before moving to Detroit to build car bodies. Similarly, GM did produce locomotives until 2005 through its Electro-Motive Division.

  • Anonymous

    Nick is going off the beaten track here and he will never do it. He should stick with writing articles. Let gamers be gamers. What’s next: a game for every social issue? Come in, Nick, Make sense!

  • Anonymous

    Kristof may be confusing the product with the method of delivery. Journalism is the product; print on paper, the Internet and broadcast are the packages it comes in. Trying to fit journalism into an inappropriate package won’t work — even in the unlikely event that people end up buying it. And the fact is, studies show that, with given content, people who read it in print on paper understand and retain significantly more than people who read it on a screen. This tends to confirm a point made by someone else that if the Internet had preceded print on paper, print would have been hailed as a wonderful innovation, finally relieving us of eye-straining screens, flaky electronic devices, fuzzy type and annoying ads that move and pop up.

  • http://www.poynter.org Poynter

    Kristof has written at length about why it’s important to focus on women and girls in developing countries, most especially in his “Half the Sky” project. More information is here: http://www.halftheskymovement.org/ –Julie

  • Anonymous

    “You’ll have a village, and in order to nurture this village, you’ll have to look after the women and girls in the village.”

    Why is it just women and girls?