‘What you call serendipity, we call links’

‘What you call serendipity, we call links’

: Rafat Ali and I were at the same high-powered but off-the-record roundtable on the future of news media yesterday. It was a great session, I thought. And Rafat had one of the best lines of the day, which — because he just blogged it himself — I can now quote. The news people were voicing a commonly expressed concern that in this world of ours, without packaged, edited front pages and news-show rundowns, and home pages, for that matter, the reader/viewer/user loses serendipity: that is, the story you won’t look for but an editor will tell you. Rafat’s wonderful reply:

what you people call serendipity, we call links. What you people call the homepage, we call Bloglines. What you call indepth-reporting, we call blogging a story to death.

  • franky

    So already the blogosphere is participating in off-the-record meetings?
    The more things change, the more things stay the same.

  • Franky:
    I have off the record meetings every day. They’re called conversations.

  • franky

    It wasn’t meant as snarky as it did look. But surely, you’re worried that the blogosphere will simply adopt all what’s wrong with the msn – off-the-record roundtables, unnamed sources, not writing badly about your sources for fear of losing access.

  • Jake

    “What you call original content we call…oops, all we do is link and comment to old media!”
    Actually, to be fair, there’s also the linking and commenting to other pyjama-warriors

  • David

    >But surely, you’re worried that the blogosphere
    >will simply adopt all what’s wrong with the msn
    Becoming gleeful for meeting a famous person for lunch (Powell) and finding how he’s a nice guy after all.
    Not disclosing that your are friends with a guy (Okrent) when you are defending him (last years outing of the San Fran guy) then only mentioning it a year later when you are praising the guy.
    Yup in a few years most of the bloggers will be just like the mediawhores that they criticize.

  • I made clear from Okrent’s appointment that I worked with him. You don’t like what he did to the guy in San Francisco; he didn’t like what the guy in San Francisco did to a colleague of his. I suspect all the parties have moved on; don’t know why you’re obsessed. In any case, when this particular discussion opened, I also called Okrent my friend. You, however, don’t even have the balls to say your name.

  • Bloggers and newspaper editors both publish stories on subjects they find interesting. The difference between a blogger and a newspaper editor is that the blogger doesn’t pretend to be publishing stuff he says you should now.