Sheila Lennon blogs this from the Online News Association’s 2003 conference:
I just asked Esther Dyson publicly, as an unaffiliated futurist, how she thinks news and information will enter our lives after the quantum leap, the watershed. She said she thinks Wall Street is poisonous, and that (wealthy) citizens will have to step up to insure news can still be gathered.
“News philanthropy?” I asked.
“Yes,” she said, “if necessary.”
You could feel the ripple go through the room.
Maybe that’s what Joan Kroc was thinking, too?