Photo: Eric Schmuttenmaer/FlickrNote: On Sept. 1, 2013, I embarked on an eight-month journey as a Reynolds Fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) at the University of Missouri, which houses the nation’s oldest and perhaps finest journalism school. Over the next eight months, I will investigate the impact of emerging technology on traditional news media and develop tools to empower digital media consumers. I’ll be documenting that journey and my time in Columbia, Mo. (CoMo, as the kids on campus say), in posts on this blog and on RJI Online, an amazing resource for anyone considering the issues facing professional journalism today.

For nearly 30 years, I have, in one way or another, documented what my friend Mark Zawaki calls the “disruption business.” In Mark’s thesis, startups and Silicon Valley are not about innovation so much as they are about disruption, although I have a difficult time parsing the two. Still, he’s right. For decades, new technologies developed by new companies have emerged from seemingly thin air to topple venerable corporations and entire industries. We see a parade of examples in the technology industry itself. PCs on desktops replaced mainframe and mini computers in glass offices, taking with them Wang Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corp, Data General, Apollo Computer, among others. These giants of the technology industry held fast to their core businesses while then-upstart Dell and dozens of other hardware and software companies created a new industry. Ironically, these disrupters are now themselves being disrupted by shifts away from desktop computing and toward mobile and cloud-based technologies.

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Chris Shipley  
Residential fellow


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