Still more on challenges for journalists, journalism

Interesting report on a speech by Joshua Micah Marshall, founder of TalkingPointsMemo (TPM). I came across it in The Huffington Post by blogger Ari Melber, so it’s something like 3rd-blog from the source (is there a real blogger term for that?).

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It’s pertinent to discussion of community-augmented content, and a good reminder that any traditional journalist who isn’t already nervous or getting up to speed on how journalism is evolving (or morphing, mutating — pick your own term) certainly should be.

This changing world brings to mind a scene from the film “Sneakers,” in which bad guy Cosmo (Ben Kingsley) explains the new facts of life to Martin Bishop (Robert Redford). I can’t swear that the quote is accurate, but here’s how I’ve found it reconstructed in various web sources.

“There’s a war out there, old friend. … It’s about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think…. It’s all about the information, Marty!”

The thing is, nobody controls the information. Someone may be able to organize some of it to increase its usefulness and value, but from here it looks like it’s way, way, way beyond control.


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