Comments on: If websites don’t cannibalize, how about apps? A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: paintcan Fri, 12 Nov 2010 18:12:55 +0000 Whether any technological innovation destroys the ability of another form of media to make a living doesn’t seem nearly as important as the fact that the shear number of news sites and blogs may have destroyed the credibility of what used to be called “papers of record”.

Perhaps it was only a comforting illusion that Newspapers like the New York Times or the Times of London, could claim that they reported the facts, and actually tried to verify their sources and could be held liable for inaccuracies? At least they attempted to maintain some kind of journalistic integrity. Historians could use newspapers as, at least, one of the sources for their information.

So may websites, news blogs, news feeds etc. don’t seem to be much more than private and spurious bully pulpits for anyone with a bone to pick. Articles written and paid for by the government and that are fed to various papers also undermine their objectivity and independence. I have read articles in this paper or the NYT that state that China wants a Wall Street Journal type of business paper that the Government would insist on editing. That hardly seems like the royal road to objectivity or truth either.

The Iraq war brought us “embedded journalists” (that at least was admitted), but it also brought embedded articles. That was not so readily admitted.

The global village can be drowning in a sea of misinformation. One can even tailor make reality and listen to only those articles and sources that cater to ones preferences and prejudices. It is a form of insanity to cling to one’s point of view and to exclude any point of view that contradicts it.

The media moguls may worry about lost revenue but they should be even more concerned about massive loss of credibility. Restoring credibility may be more difficult than the problem of being able to keep sufficient numbers of reporters to do an adequate job of reporting newsworthy events accurately.

A fly has thousands of eyes but one central “processor” to synthesize that information. The Web is like a fly with billions of eyes and billions of central processors that not only don’t see the same things, but also may not ever be able to agree on the significance of what they are all seeing.

By: richmitch Fri, 12 Nov 2010 17:48:35 +0000 About 5 years ago I saw a prototype for a paper thin video screen that was being touted as the future of newspaper print. Who knows, maybe newspaper print will bite back. New technology landing in the same industry vertical doesn’t have to mean the loss of existing technology. Looks at ships, been around since someone decided to lash several logs together and there is no replacement for them in sight.