Rebooting the News #74

In Podcast on November 29, 2010 by Jay Rosen

More Wikileaks. How do we interpret this?

Scripting News: What should Twitter’s vision be?

Do we need a project VRM (Vendor Relationship Management, a “terrible term,” according to Dave) for news? What would that look like?

Jay’s experiments with video continue. They yielded a surprising discovery: YouTube doesn’t actually work.

The TSA madness, continued. Journalists tell us to just grow up.

The New York Times revealed something strange about Google’s search business: negative reviews help unscrupulous businesses. Google’s press strategy seems odd…

A call to Google was returned by a member of its publicity team, who agreed to speak only if his ideas would be paraphrased and not directly quoted. He said that he would send a follow-up e-mail that could be quoted, but that e-mail never arrived… Can’t Google separate catcalls from huzzahs? For competitive reasons, Google won’t disclose whether its algorithm includes “sentiment analysis,” which would give points for praise and subtract for denunciations. Ultimately, the spokesman sidestepped the question of whether utterly noxious retail could yield profits. The best he could do was decline to call Mr. Borker a liar for saying that it did. Then he recommended talking to Danny Sullivan, editor-in-chief of the blog Search Engine Land.

How do we explain this?

The Hamster Dance (warning: plays loud music)… prelude to the hamster cage?

2 Responses to “Rebooting the News #74”

  1. Dave says the New York Times’ Google/eyeglasses guy story is one of those pieces that perhaps shouldn’t have been published, apparently because it could have harmful consequences. And yet both he and Jay consistently praise the disclosures of Wikileaks. Why the difference? (I favor as much information as possible in the public domain. I just wonder why Dave thinks The Times’ story is dangerous but Wikileaks’ work isn’t.)

  2. I disagree re: the NYT’s article, and the reasoning would be because of precisely what has happened. He’s been arrested:

    The long and detailed interview included plenty of information that brought Mr. Borker to the attention of law enforcement. That’s part of what transparency is about.

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