Letting the people decide (please not!)

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):

…it’s not a popular decision amongst existing broadcasters. This is Eddie Mair:

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.



About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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