If we could push a button, blink an eye, click a mouse (swipe an iPad) and return to a world of managed media (or at least a clear demarcation between proper news and citizen scribbling) would you do it? Steve Jobs says he doesn’t want a “nation of bloggers” rather something with “editorial oversight”. I suspect that Koehler might also prefer editorial oversight – given that he just quit because bloggers picked up on a story that mainstream media missed.
Today Steve Jobs said:
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“I don’t want us to see us descend into a nation of bloggers,” says Jobs. “I think we need editorial oversight now more than ever. Anything we can do to help newspapers find new ways of expression that will help them get paid, I am all for.” (all things digital)
Coincidentally the German President Koehler resigned today:
Stung by the criticism and saying that he had been misunderstood, and to general surprise, the popular Koehler quit as Germany’s head of state.
But the offending interview had initially been ignored by the mainstream media and would have been forgotten had a few eagle-eyed bloggers not picked up on what the 67-year-old had said.
But the bloggers, including 20-year-old student called Jonas Schaible who writes on http://beim-wort-genommen.de, and Stefan Graunke on www.unpolitik.de, did not believe for a moment that they were at the start of something big.
And they still don’t.
“I have refused to give interviews because I don’t see myself at the head of a movement, just part of a network,” Graunke said on his blog on Wednesday.
“I didn’t topple Horst Koehler … And nor was it all the bloggers in Germany. To do something like that the blogosphere’s influence is too small,” Schaible said.
“A blogger with 1,000 readers per month topples a president? That sounds good, sure, but seriously, who believes it?”
But perhaps they are being too modest.
“It was Jonas Schaible who alerted us to Koehler’s controversial comments by writing on his blog and twittering to the editorial staff. Thank you,” said Kirsten Haake, a journalist on the website of the prestigious Die Zeit weekly.
Jan-Hinrik Schmidt, a media expert at Hamburg University, said that ultimately, it wasn’t the Internet that brought down the president.
“But what is interesting is the exchange between blogs and established media, showing that a forgotten issue can come back, and that journalists’ mistakes … can be rectified,” Schmidt told AFP.
“The blogosphere has become part of public opinion.”
Blogs are increasing in importance, “not because they want to to challenge established media, but because classic journalism is less and less capable of achieving its mission alone,” Graunke said.
“It’s just that with more eyes, we see better.”
I think Steve Jobs views have more to do with his need to curate and control every element of branding and image than a full understanding of the “editorial oversight” that the masses provide.
What do you think? A nation of bloggers is a good thing or no?