destroy you before your credit runs dry. No thanks.
Or you could start from first principles, ask what journalism is for and go from here. For most of us who sought to make a living from this profession/craft/trade in the last few decades, it's been about hitching our aspirations to a mainstream media company. But given the grim plight of industrial era journalism, that's not a career move one would recommend to youngsters today.
After more than a quarter of a century in the business, I left professional journalism six years ago, disenchanted and bored with an industry that for the most part is about recycling memes that aggregate audiences for paying advertisers. My original inclination as a youngster was to become a copywriter for an ad agency. In retrospect, journalism (as it's done today) isn't that different.
The truth is that journalists work in the perpetual present, stuffing messy factoids from still half-understood events into prefabricated narratives they hope will fit whatever ideological button the proprietors of the organisations that employ them are trying to push. A mythical and romanticised apparatus has been built to rationalise this cynical business into an expression of "freedom".
Mainstream media journalists feeling threatened by technological change can look on the digital era as either a curse or as a deliverance; just as musicians who formerly signed their creative lives away to multinational record companies can see dis-intermediation as a threat or as an opportunity.
Those skills are verbal and visual literacy, an instinctive understanding of the currency of ideas, a nose for 'news', a talent for understanding and articulating unfolding events in real time, a capacity for curation, a facility for compressing key and relevant ideas into a headline or a few paragraphs, a talent for moderating discussion and a skill for asking the right question at the right time.
These are the attributes of a good journalist and their currency in the capitalist economy extends beyond the mainstream media, which is why I have found a living beyond daily mainstream media journalism.
But alongside the traditional skills of journalism are new forms of technology that aid curation, aggregation, real-time distribution and, most of all, sharing of information. Even better, these technologies are not dependent on capital-intensive distribution models.
When you're dependent on a News Corp or Fairfax to pay your mortgage, you tend not to see the opportunity of open journalism. Instead, you identify with the self-interest of the organisation that employs you, which means you rail against apocryphal pyjama-clad bloggers and digital dilettantes to defend your trade.
I'm convinced that so much of the reactionary response to attempts to make journalism more democratically responsive - like Finkelstein - stem from a paranoid, Luddite and protectionist urge among employees of mainstream media companies to keep non-tithed operatives off their front lawn.
The irony is that once your pay packet is not dependent on journalism as we have understood it in the industrial age, you are much more able to live and think as a journalist should be.
That has to be a good thing.