Grumpy old man alert
The beeb has been looking at allowing their listeners (or at least website users) help set the agenda and write news stories):
Ooh, let’s have our listeners decide…
…it’s not a popular decision amongst existing broadcasters. This is Eddie Mair:
Public service broadcasting was about some clever people thinking up good ideas and putting them on the radio. Now any old numpty can email in their opinion
Having people who know what they’re doing decide the news agenda is soooo not Web 2.0! We want opinions, not facts! Controversy, not knowledge!
Seriously, I remember back in the late 90s when we were told that we’d be able to disintermediate the editorial function, and choose which stories we wanted to hear. Nobody then explained then how you’d get to hear about new stuff, or be challenged by things you disagreed with, or find the time to do your own research… and there’s still no answer, other than letting the likes of John Humphreys, Eddie Mair and their production teams do what they’re good at.
Still, it’s a time of cutbacks and skilled people are expensive, and stand no chance of winning “I’m a Celebrity, Dance With Me” or whatever, so why not outsource to the audience – who need never hear a challenging piece of news again.