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Vanity Publishing Gone Mad - Corrosive Shame
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kneeshooter
kneeshooter
Vanity Publishing Gone Mad
Obviously I'm starting from the position of being an amateur looking for exposure, so it's probably wrong of me to take the piss too much about people who "ambulance-chase" local disasters with their cameraphones, but honestly the world could benefit from quality control.

Technology has changed news gathering as much as it has the way we interact. Blogs spread news faster than newspapers and television; journalists no longer have exclusive access to mass-communication; the role of the "professional" is being diluted.

A while ago I wondered why people still buy newspapers. Ignoring the form-factor issues, what was the point I thought? They're outdated before they hit the shelves, cost more money and are frankly limited in their scope and content. Then I realised, ignoring stereotypes ("Daily Mail Reader" "Liberal Guardian Reader") it's about opinion and analysis. BBC News has been better at this recently, but is still pretty bland in the majority. Mind you, it's dangerous to have an opinion these days.

So, where does this leave us? The role of the "journalist" is to be the analys - more about taking delivery of material, quality control, then publishing the best. Acting as an intelligent filter rather than instigator.

And while people still agree to conditions like this - who can blame them:

In contributing to BBC News you agree to grant us a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to publish and otherwise use the material in any way that we want, and in any media worldwide. (See the Terms and Conditions for the full terms of our rights.)

It's important to note, however, that you still own the copyright to everything you contribute to BBC News and that if your image and/or video is accepted, we will endeavour to publish your name alongside it on the BBC News website. Please note that due to operational reasons this accreditation will probably not be possible with video. The BBC cannot guarantee that all pictures and/or video will be used and we reserve the right to edit your comments.
Ramble over.

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boglin From: boglin Date: July 29th, 2005 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the thing with camera phones is that you've always got it with you, and being in the middle of something like that, it's human nature to want to record it in some way - I wouldn't say that's quite the same thing as 'ambulance chasing' myself.

As far as newspapers go, my rats take the Guardian as is makes excellent bedding and I don't used wood shavings.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 29th, 2005 09:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Since the photos of the tube-bombings made an international impact I'm sure that it's more than just "personal records" for some - there's the percieved chance for fame-and-fortune.

The chinchillas here love "Birmingham Forward!" for their cage.
thehappygoth From: thehappygoth Date: July 29th, 2005 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
As Stargate SG-1 has taught me; computer reports are ephemeral and can be changed whereas the written/printed word has a more permanent and /real/ feel to it.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 29th, 2005 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
"1984" taught me those kind of lessons before Stargate :-)
vin_petrol From: vin_petrol Date: July 29th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Newspapers have all sorts of user interface advantages: they're very portable, they don't run out of battery power, you can read them in all sorts of light conditions, they're disposable so it doesn't matter if you drop or lose them, you can hand them onto someone else when you've finished them, they recycle easily - or is this what you meant by form factor issues?

One day a couple of years ago (after a discussion with someone about how obsolete newspapers are) I decided to use my laptop on the train to "read the news". It didn't work at all. I couldn't get a decent signal for any length of time, and managed to read about one paragraph of news on the 25 minute journey. Newspapers work really well on trains :-)
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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 29th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep - caught it off hepstar a while back. Only now it's coming true even more.
marcushill From: marcushill Date: July 30th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I tend to read the Guardian in paper format as I find it easier to do crosswords on paper than on a screen.
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