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November 27, 2009

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As a journalist fascinated by social media (and trying not to take sides), I quite agree. We must judge each medium by what it does best, but acccuracy, correctness, truth, must always be the key criterion. (Table stakes.)

Twitter told me Michael Jackson had been taken to hospital in an ambulance; CNN told me he was dead; print told me why it mattered; and film showed me why Michael mattered.

To each its own. And while Twitter may always be first now, it must also be correct. And the detailed truths, the truly important ones that help us draw the right conclusions from the data, will emerge thanks to discipined, informed reporting, from all media.

One point regarding your statements about BNO reporting the injury as "serious": they were reporting that as a classification by the local Orlando police authorities, who report any injury as "serious" if it is anything more than a small scratch. So it appears that BNO was echoing the local police classification of the injury, and not inserting their own subjective opinion in that regard.

Don,
Thanks for stopping by. Yup. It turns out tho that serious is pro-forma and while I appreciate the echoing what was there, the mainstream (if there is such a thing any more) mostly knew this and stayed away from serious. The larger point, for me anyway, is this rush tends to skip over details and its not what Id like to win as MG puts it. Im good with a little detail and the time it take to get it.

Thanks.

Rick

I think an important reason why Newspapers and TV are slower than internet mediums is due to the fact that they go through a verification process. There is a big difference between information and knowledge. The same applies to information and Facts. Journalists who have spent a decade in a region can provide a much more accurate analysis of the situation over individuals on twitter. This is exactly why, they along with newspapers and TV will continue to have an important place in the media industry.

Great Post!

I think an important reason why Newspapers and TV are slower than internet mediums is due to the fact that they go through a verification process. There is a big difference between information and knowledge. The same applies to information and Facts. Journalists who have spent a decade in a region can provide a much more accurate analysis of the situation over individuals on twitter. This is exactly why, they along with newspapers and TV will continue to have an important place in the media industry.

Great Post!

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