Internet dog?…NYT

MEDIA DEEP THINKERS grapple with the rise of the Internet. On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog — but everyone can tell when your story is. . . .from Glenn Reynolds

From the American Thinker article:

…The suggestions, as far as they go, are commonsensical

1. Link generously

A piece without links is like a story without the names of its sources. Every link tells a reader, “I did my research. And you can double-check me.”

2. Show your work

The news isn’t static, and online stories don’t have to be, either. Every article or post can and should be improved after it’s published. Stay accountable and transparent by providing a “history” of every version of each story (à la Wikipedia) that lets readers see what’s changed.

3. Help people report your mistakes

The Internet is a powerfully efficient feedback mechanism. Yet many news organizations don’t use it. Put a report-an-error button on every story: It tells readers you want to know when you’ve goofed. Then pay attention to what they tell you.

But this essay avoids the elephant in the bathtub. AT contributor David Paulin (himself a former MSM journo) summed it up succinctly: “it’s that their reporters and editors no longer share the same world views as their readers.” There is no way media establishmentarians can acknowledge that reality. Far too threatening.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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