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  • tech0x20 7:31 am on June 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: media, soapbox   

    The democratization of the news #cnnfail #IranElection 

    Social Media, especially Twitter, is so much faster than the traditional media channels at spreading the word about hot topics. I’ve been following @BreakingNews since they used @BreakingNewsOn, and found that I heard about news 1-2 hours before the “breaking news” placeholder showed up on major news sites.

    It looks like CNN has demonstrated this point.

    ReadWriteWeb posted an article last night @ 11:46 pm: Dear CNN, Please Check Twitter for News About Iran. This morning, it’s still a “developing story” on CNN.

    At the same time, it looks like CNN is fanning the flames of the protests by posting the “football match” quote as a headline. That does ring like a member of the Iran state media.

    Bureaucracy may be good for government. A hierarchical structure may be good for large corporations. However, I would imagine the editorial chain of command prevented timely reporting. Maybe there was too much thought given to being “politically sensitive” to Iran. Either that, or CNN is just *that* unaware of what’s going on in the world.

    Social media is an enabler for the freedom of speech and of the press. It seems that by contrast, the analysis paralysis of a large news organization is a barrier.

    Also: ‘#CNNFail’: Twitterverse slams network’s Iran absence | Webware – CNET.

    Updated: CNN was outscooped by 9 1/2 hours.

    @BreakingNews tweet @ 9:44PM on Jun 12th:

    IRAN VOTES — Iranian president Ahmadinejad wins the presidential election, the official results show

    @CNNBrk (CNN Breaking News) tweet @ 7:16 AM on Jun 13th:

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won country’s election with 62 percent of vote, government says.

    • Jinny Lee 3:23 pm on June 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Gee…this reminds me of our (U.S) election in 2000…now doesn’t it.

    • not to mention for safety reason 5:56 pm on June 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately media is not doing a good job in covering what is happening in Iran. One reason is that Ahmadinejad’s government is blocking all types of communication. I think in this case media such as BBC should take the individual’s who is taking video of brutal behavior of Ahmadinejad’s military. You can find hundreds of these video in you tube and face book. Here are some links:

    • Josh 12:32 am on June 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You know, this is all really insane…the election results smell real fishy…but I’m not gonna come out and say there was foul play…there has been major problems with elections all over that area of the world…so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to me to find out that elections weren’t pure

  • tech0x20 7:00 am on January 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: media, print   

    Once upon a time, newspapers were on the bleeding edge… 

    From 1981, a KRON-TV (San Francisco) report about newspapers investing money in getting the news “online”.  My favorite is the classic rotary phone handset to modem, and the caption under the interview of a user of the service which reads, “owns home computer.”

    TechCrunch:  You Need To See This Video.

    Of course, the representative from the San Franicisco examiner says that they’re not in it to make money, but are probably not going to lose a lot…

    Figuring out the technology before attempting to monetize must be an arcane practice.

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