Here are two reasons why traditional media producers decry new media:
They’ve listened to something “new media” and were underwhelmed by the quality. I’m sure that happens frequently. There are LOTS of bad new media examples out there, so it’s possible. But that doesn’t mean all new media is bad. But it can reinforce the uneducated position that “all this stuff must suck”.
They haven’t listened, because they know that no one could possibly do it as well as they do without being paid/trained/ordained. This is… unfortunate. But also understandable. Many traditional media producers have invested a lot of time learning their craft.
It’s unsettling to think a bunch of upstarts can just come along, practice really hard and figure all this stuff out for, well… free.
It’s unthinkable that dedicated people could get their hands on tools and equipment necessary to produce comparable products for, well… free.
And it’s unconsciable that entire industries built on this separation of knowledge and skills are not immune to changes in the marketplace and democratization of technology, information and ideas.
So what do we do about the problems above? Perhaps nothing. There has to be a better solution to #1 than creating yet another filter. Though I’ll be damned if I can think of one. The second is perhaps more insidious. This impacts peoples world-view. Change is tough for many. The normal reaction is PRESERVE AND PROTECT rather than adapt and change.
And maybe they aren’t “problems” at all. Maybe they are simply what they are, and we’ll all go about our business, watching the lines between the two continue to blur until there isn’t any difference. Or maybe the outside world already sees it that way, and this is just my perception as an insider? Or maybe I’ve just spent too much time thinking about and commenting on this thread.