Andrew’s comparison of the global consolidation of media with the global consolidation of food, gave me an idea!
I’ve been applying the model of the local food movement to local objects. What about applying the model of the local food movement to recovering the media!
Just as we’ve learned to buy direct from farmers, we need to figure out how to deliver our money directly to journalists.
As food activists have innovated new economic institutions to facilitate getting consumer money to farmers, appropriate new economic gadgets are needed to support journalists.
And just as farmers need us to invest in the crops in advance through mechanisms like CSAs, investigative journalists need us to invest in them for months before we receive the harvest of hard-won news.
Farmers care for our food. Journalists care for our democracy.