We can all agree that the article is dead – what needs to take its place is Topics.
Allow users to build a profile of the news they care about. In the same way we choose twitter followers we could choose news topics. These would be broadly specific, e.g. Haiti Earthquake, War in Iraq, March Madness etc…
Each topic would remember the last time you logged in and quickly summarize the news since then. In addition, it would have a wikipedia-like entry (only through in a lot more graphics and interactivity) to summarize the entire event.
Naturally this is a gross simplification of the solution. The elegantly titled Read State Problemhasn’t been solved, and the level to which we can allow the community to edit would have to be determined.
I’m extremely excited by this site and the awareness that’s been generated around this concept. I’ve been working (read:mulling) on this very idea framed differently for several months now and just haven’t had the time to pull it all together into one post.