It’s about people

An interesting response to my post saying that local is about people.

Today, however, the news is still fundamentally organized around its content, its tiny bits of content, its data, whether those be newspaper articles, blog posts, podcasts, or webpages. That organization–in which people and issues are contingent upon the bits of content that discuss them–is a relic of paper and, just as important, html. The article has taken the story hostage. . . .

A newspaper article will get broken into pieces, like legos that interlock: “little objects,” as Scoble once called them. Those objects will be stored individually, deployable individually, graphable individually. Individually, but not alone. They will live in cells among millions of others cells, part of semantic hive buzzing with the fervor of the world’s news. Or at least the world’s news according the internet.

By slicing up the data, by breaking up the data, we can put it back together. Only we can put it back together however we like, as individuals and as a collective–confident in our ability to tell whatever story may yet be lurking in the interstices of modern journalism. Blogs created an army of journalists. The web needs an application that will arm a legion of editors, each driven largely by their own individual tastes for consuming news but cooking up social feast of intelligent information.

  • It’s only intelligent information of these “data” are facts. Who is going to be responsible for collecting these facts? Who will ensure their accuracy?

    Having the news become a game of Legos so that cars become dinosaurs and dinosaurs become jet planes isn’t very appealing to me. In fact, I think it’s scary. Seems to me, this means turning facts into propaganda. The media have already moved too far in that direction. I’d rather see the trend reversed back to simple retelling of facts as they are, not repackaging facts into customizable spin for personal agendas.

    Just take a look at the Christian Church. For 1600 years, the doctrine was set, there was one Universal Church. Now Protestantism has spawned over 30,000 denominations that repackage the different legos of the church according to whomever wishes to build a new “Truth.”

    The farther we get away from the core facts, the more room there is for error and for personal spin to gain control of reality.

  • Dear Readers,

    I regret obviously the exponential growth of support Internet, because it is usually used ill-advisedly. The users inevitably do not take time to check their data, to write correctly and in addition, they behave often rather badly.

    As regards journalism, the attitudes suggested on the network are perturbing. Indeed, starting from which contents can one regard a Netsurfer as being a journalist? how is the trade of journalist defined? is it necessary to have a professional card to process data?

    These preceding interrogations are ambiguous, and it is clearly opacity surrounding the journalist’s job who promises to the Net surfers beautiful days in front of them.

    To specify my thought, I would say that there are Net surfers who are largely more rigorous and more professional than a handle of journalists.

    Perhaps that the existence of the blogs revealed the true value – positive or not, of the journalists. From now on, we have at our disposal of the comparative supports.


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