Thursday, March 10, 2005

Shit, then what am I spending that $60,000 on?

Slate ruins my lifelong dreams of journalistic elitism with this article: "Who Is a Journalist? Anybody who wants to be:"
For journalism, the Internet is having an even more immediate but no less beneficial effect. Blogs and Internet publications have essentially solved one of the biggest worries of the past few decades, that media consolidation is diminishing independence and plurality of voices. At another level, the ability for readers to respond to the mainstream press is raising standards of accuracy, care, and professionalism.
Goddammit. This is what the bloggers hath wrought. Equality for all, and boundless opportunities for anyone who can peck on a keyboard. DAMN THEM TO HELL!

So apparently I'd be saving myself a lot of money if I just took a breeze through the new OJR journalism wikis, which so far reveal such gems as "Don't plagiarize," make sure to interview "folks who were or are directly involved in the incident or subject that you're covering," and "Start your stories with a lede." Oh holy enlightenment!

But seriously - I'm sure they'll grow to be a more useful venture with time and input. Actually, looking for Technorati links to the OJR wikis, I came across this catfight between bloggods Jason Calacanis and Nick Denton, which is interesting in regards to blog ethics; Calacanis is accusing Denton of allowing his tech site, Gizmodo, to sell out to Siemens. Seems Calacanis thinks Denton is pimping Siemens products on Gizmodo in order for an all-expenses paid deal at CeBit.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if Denton had done that, and I think it'll be one of the bigger ethics issues that blogs will have to address in the coming year: how okay is it for you to receive compensation for posting about an item or topic? Obviously this is a big no-no in journalism, but in the wild wild west of blogging, it's not nearly as clear.