Posts from February 17, 2004

Dewey defeats Cingular

Dewey defeats Cingular
: The top of my NY Times front page says this morning, in that font that intones credibility, “VODAFONE IS SEEN AS FAVORED BUYER OF AT&T WIRELESS.”

Only problem is, I’d heard on the radio a few hours before that Vodafone, in fact, had dropped out and Cingular won the bidding.

Oops. Well, stuff happens, right? Well, yes, except I do wonder why an editor chose to put this speculative story on top of the front page. The answer, I think: show-off journalism. The NY Times wanted to be first with the news, even if it was wrong. In most journalistic quarters, that’s seen as a macho virtue — beat the other guy; you can always correct it tomorrow.

But in this age of instant news, I wonder whether that needs to be reexamined. For instant news, available everywhere anytime, also exposes your mistakes instantly. Is it a better service to readers to guess what’s going to happen or to let them come online and find out what really happens when it happens?

Or on the other hand, do you have to compete even more fiercely with the Drudges that will also report speculation and rumor?

e, the conference

e, the conference
: Kevin Werbach, who runs the Supernova conference, proposes expanding it to add on e, the conference, a gathering I proposed after ETech “devoted to the impact of Internet technology on our lives.” He suggests in the comments below:

What if we did it around Supernova? I understand the appeal of a stand-alone event, but it would be easier to piggyback (at least the first time out). Assuming the hotel space is still available those days, I can provide a venue at the Westin Santa Clara.

Jeff is right that there is four days worth of material to cover, but that’s a long time for a conference. I would propose doing it over two days either before or after Supernova (which is Thursday and Friday June 24-25). What say ye?

Well, I’d certainly vote for Tuesday and Wednesday over the weekend. And I wish it were in a more geographically accessible venue. Can such a conference — on the impact of citizens’ control on media, marketing, politics, the world, and education — be put together in such short order?

What say ye, e people?