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Insights for the Future of Public Media [2005]

The blogosphere1 touched down in a strange place: the new Reuters headquarter, set amid the surreal urban space of Canary Wharf, a gleaming set of skyscrapers and shopping malls built upon what had once been known as the Isle of Dogs, a place on the outskirts of London so poor and bombed out that the shipping industry and then the poor left it behind. Today’s brochures and maps of Canary Wharf studiously omit any mention of history. Its reason for being is business, banking, and information. It is quintessentially twenty-first century. No history is needed and any aura is manufactured. It is a place severed from context or roots where the mostly rich go about the business of becoming richer.

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