He said, she said...
From the comments to a post on blogs and journalism at Harry’s Place:
I read this and a number of other blogs. Some of them are frighteningly good, with an extraordinary amount of information in them and often very well-written. It seems to me that there is a kind of information and opinion continuum of which we paid people are now only one end. And not always the better end.
So sayeth David Aaronovitch, Guardian and Observer journalist and the What the Papers Say awards’ Columnist of the Year. If Aaro ain’t Big Media, I don’t know who is. He is also a credit to his profession, and entirely correct in what he says above. The faster other Big Media types learn to accept this, the better off Big Media will be.
See also: It’s the blogosphere, stupid.
And this one comes from a meeting held right here at tBBC HQ:
I have a PR budget, but I haven’t spent one penny of it yet. I really do not see the point of paying a PR agency when you are already doing your own PR, using your blog.
So said a high-level executive of a certain software company when we spent some time with him earlier today. Agree or disagree, this is the attitude that many are taking once they see the power of the blogosphere and what it is possible to achieve when a company engages it. How the PR industry adapts to this shift in thinking is up to the PR industry.
Venture capitalist David Hornik writes on Ventureblog:
In Service Based Computing, devices are not the brains of the operation. They are just pretty little end nodes on a smart data network. The real horsepower is going to be delivered in the network through managed services… Fat pipes and elegant devices make it possible to deliver immense services to the edge of the network but the real work is going to get done in the network, not the device.
See also: The node is not stronger than the network. I find myself saying that a lot these days. It’s nice to be in such esteemed company.
Is political blogging really a new form of journalism, destined to challenge the big boys? Or an echo chamber for the hyper-informed and/or over-agitated?
Our take: It doesn’t matter. ... Blog software took the ideas behind e-mail lists, discussion boards and home pages and combined them into a relatively easy-to-run and elegant-to-read medium. For people eager to publish online, it was like inventing cheap paper – writing was possible before, but tools were more cumbersome and time consuming.
- Tim Hanrahan and Jason Fry, Real Time Wall Street Journal
via BL Ochman