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About modern journalism

2010-12-09 15:32:57.442628+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Martin Robbins writes about journalism in the context of the NASA "life and arsenic" press conference:

The blogosphere is where this farcical handling of science outreach collided viciously with reality. What's remarkable is that it was only at this stage that the checks and balances that ought to have prevented things going this far finally came into play, and when they did it was like watching a blob of cream cheese hit a metal grater at five million miles per hour.

The quality, accuracy and context of material available on leading blogs exceeded that of much of mainstream media reporting by light years. ...

Mark Jeftovic: Timeline of an Epic #FAIL: The WikiLeaks Takedown Fiasco is the inside story of EasyDNS.com, which is not the DNS provider that dropped Wikileaks.org. That was EveryDNS.com. But try telling that to everyone from the Guardian to the AP (who "quotes" Mark Jeftovic without ever talking to him) to the New York Times. (Via MeFi)

And after you read that, you'll never want to go to any of the Gawker sites or Huffington Post ever again. Not that you'd want to anyway.

Addendum: The EasyDNS web site currently boasts:

The First Name That Comes To Mind For DNS Hosting
Believe It. We found out the hard way.

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comments in descending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2010-12-10 15:21:41.717554+00 by: Dan Lyke

Except, Eric, that the point of those articles is that it's the guys with the Mac and the LaserWriter who are getting it right, and the people with the big presses who are getting it wrong.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-12-10 11:58:31.284244+00 by: jeff

I believe that Wikileaks will prove to be a watershead event which sadly will ultimately lead to tighter control over the Internet.

Much like post 9/11 legislation impinging on personal freedoms.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-12-10 08:10:11.737378+00 by: ebradway

Yes... we've entered an era in journalism not unlike the homegrown newsletters put out in the 80s by everyone with a Mac and a LaserWriter: "Look! I've got 8 fonts and used every single one!"

"Look! I've got 1.6 million followers on Twitter. I don't need to fact check 140 characters"

#Comment Re: made: 2010-12-09 18:32:22.113258+00 by: spl

Sadly (and ironically), the link to the EasyDNS blog reports: "Error establishing a database connection."