Sunday, July 12, 2009

Publishers want a law to control online news access

I just recently stumbled upon this comment while reading this article over at Ars technica.

Maybe I'd feel a little more sympathy for the press if they actually did their jobs nowadays. Rewriting press releases in your own words is not journalism. Reporting on what is on Twitter is not journalism. Running yet another story on the most popular video on Youtube is not journalism. It's mimicry. Very little actual journalism happens anymore. The rare exception is local news, where you do get reporters going to committee meetings, calling multiple sources, and in general doing research. But national news? Eh. They do little more than rewrite press releases.

Evolve or die.

I couldn't agree more, I don't watch TV and generally avoid newspapers because of the sub-par writing. I tend to prefer my first-hand sources, here on the Internet.

What bothers me is that it seems like someone, or something is trying to control the flow of information... this is why we built the Internet and it's not about control, it's all about sharing!