I want to write about artificial meat today, but first we must talk about the sale of the Washington Post, I think. Nothing makes you feel like artificial meat like having the company you work for sold and have no Idea what is going to happen.
But having no idea what is going to happen is kind of the story of life. It certainly has been the story of journalism. I wrote probably less than a month ago that I chose to work in a business with disappearing floorboards, and I’ve already gone through a few times. I have no idea what the new situation will be, but newspaper people have always been encircled in uncertainty’s cool, clammy embrace.
If you hope to learn from me what will happen next, move along, nothing to see here. But I do have one thought. When I came to the Post in 2002, the digital revolution was already transforming everything. News organizations were trying to figure out what it meant for them, other than probable doom. I did think at the time that the Post’s logical strategy with regard to the internet was to become not just a national news entity, but THE national news entity. I mean, if anybody was positioned for that, just by nature of its principal subject matter, it would be the Washington Post. But whether that was the strategy or not, it never really felt like it. It always felt more like a metropolitan newspaper trying to digitize itself. Anyway, I’m guessing something closer to my original thought will be happening now. But as they say, with the ominous background music, we’ll find out.
Now back to artificial meat. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/lab-grown-beef-taste-test-almost-like-a-burger/2013/08/05/921a5996-fdf4-11e2-96a8-d3b921c0924a_story.html?hpid=z4 Growing meat in a dish was an obvious development, but it’s been a slow kitchen. It took three months for Mark Post (no relation to Washington Post!) to grow the burger, but there it was. This is one of those creepy developments that actually could be great for the environment (cows aren’t). Though you are still better off eating your vegetables, which what they’ve always said about serious journalism too.