Thursday, August 09, 2012

Who Said It First?

Time now for some Digital Detective work! Here's a quote that's being seen across the internet...

[news now] emerges from an ecosystem in which journalists, sources, readers and viewers exchange information”.

you will find it here,... atributed to Tom Standage - a British journalist (digital editor) for The Economist.

Social media and its transformation of journalism

Published: 8 August 2012

Social media has changed the way that people gather, distribute and source their news. As FreshNetworks marketing manager, Jo Stratmann, rightly says, “[news now] emerges from an ecosystem in which journalists, sources, readers and viewers exchange information”.


What else does "Jo Stratmann say" - or, perhaps more accurately, who else does Jo Stratmann parrot? Hold on to your Googling fingers!

Could Tom Standage be the one doing the digital parroting? Take a look at this article (pay attention to the dates on these documents). Oh, and the Stratmann comment can be found elsewhere appearing in May 2011.

Abbot and Costello could make a routine out of this, I'm sure... On the Net, an "old" article like the original in which Stratmann's remarks appear, is usually "wrong" simply because it is "out of time" - akin to trying to use Windows 3.1 in August of 2012. Things move fast on the interwebs and especially any analysis relating to the current state of social media MUST contain accurate, relevant and TIMELY information.

Liquid Newsroom spins it thusly:

Has social media changed journalism?

No, journalism hasn't changed, but the news ecoysystem has. This change is substantial. It is a radical transformation of processes, players and how we consume news.

To which I offer this edit:

Has social media changed journalism?

No, journalism hasn't changed, but the news ecoysystem has. This change is substantial. It is a radical transformation of processes, players and how we consume news. Unfortunately, those wielding clout within the news ecosystem haven't learned that news and quotes from 10-15 months ago might as well be 10-15 YEARS ago in cybertime.

Moral of the post: Keep it CURRENT, will ya please?

At the very least, please find FRESH material: FRESH comments from FRESH and TIMELY sources. Stop recycling OLD NEWS!

Still unclear:

Who said it first?
[news now] emerges from an ecosystem in which journalists, sources, readers and viewers exchange information”.

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