The soiree was swell I have now gone over to the dark side—to bloggers in the battle with MainStream Media. Of course, not all MSM folks refuse to get the idea of community, collaboration and conversation. My own boss at BW totally gets it. But there were so many at Davos who didn’t.
I chatted up Jeff J. and Arianna H. and Jimmy W. (wikipedia) this trip out and found myself in alignment with them, more so than old pals at newspapers and magazines. Yes, I do have reservations about user generated content. Arthur Sulzberger is right when he told me “who will do the important stories about illegal government wiretapping that costs millions of dollars and months to do? The blogs?”
He has a serious point. But yet….Look at my Nov. post on Wal-Mart needing a new business plan and the nearly 200 comments made by people who shop and work there. The detail, the new information is totally amazing and I doubt that MSM journalists could get to this kind of stuff.
Something important is happening and we have to be part of it and evolve with it. So Jeff and Arianna, let’s get more user generated content on our blogs and deepen our conversation with our own communities.
And as soon as I leave Davos and get off dial-up, I’ll link to your blogs like I should be doing as I write this. As they said in Davos this year, we’ll get connected.
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