This is our 50th Rebooting the News, an event that seemed to be worth celebrating. So we did our version of “all request radio,” appealing to listeners and fans to suggest topics and questions… And they did!
But first we addressed a question that came up after last week’s show: isn’t Dave kind of a member of the church of the savvy, but for tech?
Jay’s answer: No, because ultimately he believes in the power of the users and expresses his solidarity with them. The savvy begins when the informed observer splits himself and his listeners off from the great mass of people “out there,” so that he can speculate in that shrewd and savvy way about what it likely to appeal to them, or analyze what’s working on them.
These are the questions from users we addressed; you’ll have to listen to hear the answers!
Andrew Hazlett: Do you guys think that the non-profit model for news is really sustainable (apart from NPR maybe)? I think the foundation or government grant cycle is just too slow and onerous to serve start-ups… Mightn’t radically reduced overhead and many small revenue streams work better? Or would the L3C “low-profit” corporation model offer some hope for getting grants and cash revenue?
Michael Morisy; How important are changing our comment/interaction/getting-feedback-from-them-formerly-known-as-the-audience systems to keep up with the times and/or better adapt to different situations? Most comments on papers are cesspools, but recent Q&A sites like StackOverflow have shown we can do better, at least in certain areas with certain communities and certain systems. Dave keeps talking about how he’d like a NYC map of where you can get Verizon, so my question is: Do we need to evolve the tools we use to gather and process community information, just better use the tools we have now, or start looking outside journalism for great tools?
AJ Quiñones: Hi guys. Discovered your podcast a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it very much. I’m suggesting… “iPhoneGate” for today’s podcast.
Rams: Dave: Last edition of RBN almost created a near epiphany moment for me, as I heard you explaining how Facebook will go down, the same way that Microsoft did; that bit of advice for Facebook about becoming an investor rather than hiring more programmers was fascinating. It was perhaps the clearest explanation of the tech-startups life cycle that I had ever heard. Perhaps you’re one of the few programmers who criticises programmers, while even really intelligent people like to romanticise them. I think last RBN was the best ever. Can you please talk a bit about areas that are good for start-ups to focus on these days ? Plus, do you build something from scratch or around the APIs of bigger companies?
Joey Baker: Congrats on show 50! And thank you for making this a “crowdsourced” show. I’d love to hear your thoughts on meetthefacts.com, as a signal that mainstream media has failed in their traditional role as the fourth estate. I’d also love a follow up to futureofcontext.com, what’s been the result, have any projects come out of it, and possibly, how does Google’s Living Stories open source code affect that goal?
Matt Terenzio: One of the key aspects of the real time rebooted news system is identity. Facebook wants to own our identity. So does Google and others. It’s important that a federated system operate well on the identity level and centralized identity systems do make for a good user experience. But they are dangerous too. What are your thoughts?
Greg Linch: Congrats on no. 50! I’d be interested to hear your and Dave Winer’s thoughts on this: Why Computational Thinking Should be the Core of the New Journalism Mindset.
Brad Bonnette: Congrats on making it to 50. I think it’s fair to say that the focus of the show is on political and tech media. Here’s my suggestion: I’d like to see you expand your conversation to the unquestioned assumptions, problems, opportunities, long-term prospect, etc.of the sports press, science press, medical press, pop culture press, and other niches….
Phillip Smith: Congratulations on making it to the big five-oh! 🙂 Here’s a topic that would pull me in: Where are the holes (in the rebooted news system)? (The full question is here.)
And now for the show, Rebooting the News #50; we hope you like it. And if you are moved to comment, please do.