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October 31, 2005

Reverse Snobbism?

Heather Green

Along with Susan Mernit, I wonder whether there isn't some reverse snobbism afoot. Jeff Jarvis agrees with Rafat Ali that a recent Online News Assocation conference wasn't buzzing with excitement. I think they are expecting the kind of buzz, hype and salesmanship you see at tech conferences. This one was more workmanlike, about passing around tips, and more about trying to figure out how to adapt, but believe me, we're passionate about the future here!

And, remember, plenty of the same people at the conference last week are also at the buzzy, techie ones as well. Jeff worries that the publishers aren't focusing enough on things like Digg or video blogs. Seems like they are doing some of that, whether they're presenting it at this conference or not. You have Gannett and other papers investing in Topix, the Roanoke Times and Denver Posts doing podcasts, and CBS doing video blogs.

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I think you all might want to broaden your scope. Ever notice how often this blog mentions Jarvis?

Posted by: dg at October 31, 2005 12:32 PM

Point taken. My only defense is that if you take into account how much he writes, perhaps the ratio of cites to words written isn't as high.

Posted by: steve baker at October 31, 2005 12:38 PM

I only use it because I was also at that conference.

Posted by: Heather Green at October 31, 2005 01:58 PM

By definition early adopters are enthusiasts and visionaries, all about passion and irrational exhuberance. Profits, margins and rational critic are secondary in that moment.

Mainstream media is about pragmatists, skeptics, process, structure, rationality and profit margins.

Horses for courses I guess.

Posted by: Paul at May 22, 2006 10:25 AM


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