And what happens to us if it can't?
WHAT IS THE WICKED PROBLEM TASK FORCE?
The Wicked Problem Task Force is an interdisciplinary group at Journalism + Design at The New School in New York City. We use systems thinking and design to imagine worlds where people have access to the information they need to be self-governing.
SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
The problem is that our news systems aren’t functioning properly right now.
Thirty years of toxic media policy, the rise of an economy based on harvesting attention, the collapse of local news – these are just a few of the forces that are wreaking havoc on the free press.
It’s what public policy people would call a “wicked problem” – unstable, unpredictable, and with boundaries that blur into the boundaries of other problems.
If the free press can’t function properly, then the whole system of liberal democracy can’t function properly.