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David Carr on newspapers, Twitter and citizen journalism

New York Times writer David Carr may not want to admit that he is a kind of rock star in media circles, but judging by the sold-out crowd of media types who showed up to watch him be interviewed by CBC radio host Michael Enright in Toronto on Thursday night, he definitely fills that role for many. The topic of the discussion was “Yes Genius, The Sky Is Falling — Now What?” and it saw Carr hold forth on a variety of topics, including the rise of what some like to call “citizen journalism,” the internet’s ability to self-correct and the valley of despair into which he thinks many newspapers have fallen. Despite all of the doom and gloom in the industry, however, Carr said that he feels we are currently experiencing what he called a “golden age for journalism.”