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Can Twitter save the news?

Sunday, March 15, 2009 by Dave Winer.

A picture named skittles.gifJay Rosen, this week the question of Twitter as an environment for journalism came up. Permalink to this paragraph

If the outlets of MSM are in trouble and if Twitter is rising, can it fill some of the role vacated by MSM? Permalink to this paragraph

What about having a tech company running it? Esp if the company interferes with content? Or do they? Permalink to this paragraph

Are any conflicts inherited by publications that Twitter favors with flow? Is the behavior of non-favored pubs altered by the environment. Ideally how should a company such as Twitter behave relative to its community if it wants to foster journalism? Permalink to this paragraph

http://mp3.morningcoffeenotes.com/rosen09march15.mp3  Permalink to this paragraph

Is Twitter the savior of journalism? Or something like it? Permalink to this paragraph

Links mentioned in today's podcast... Permalink to this paragraph

Clark Hoyt: Bad News, and More Bad NewsPermalink to this paragraph

CJR: Derivatives Echo ChamberPermalink to this paragraph

Scripting News: Why it's time to break out of TwitterPermalink to this paragraph

The back-and-forth with Karl Rove re Obama's "straw man." Permalink to this paragraph

Also mentioned in this Scripting News post. "We've arrived at a place where a political spinmeister, former adviser to the President, can get fact-checked by a random blogger, and get a confusing response. That seems a lot like the job that George Stephanopoulos or Bob Schieffer has." Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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