Roughly a year ago, we had an incident withÂ neighborsÂ in the co-working space in NY. They were two writers for an online magazine, fairly young, geeky, caffeinated.
Now, in this co-working space, the only thing separating the offices is a one-layer glass, so you can hear the other people if they talk a bit louder. During one of our skype meetings, when we had bad wifi reception, so our VP Sales tried talking louder to get the message trough, those two writers got annoyed and started tweeting confidential information about our clients. I learned about it when a friend from an ad agency sent me an email with screenshot from his FB wall.
It took some more shouting to resolve it and get the tweets removed, but the damage has been done already.
I’d like to believe that well-bred old-school professional journalist would never do that. Because my generation thinks that internet changed the world so significantly, they do not learn from previous generations and are reinventing the wheels.Â those two kids probably call themselves journalists, but in reality they are justÂ recklessÂ kids, who will need another decade or so to grow up and start behaving responsibly.
this article brilliantly talks about similar situation with tech bloggers:
A blogger or a journalist? Debate over the power and influence of tech writers This article was published on guardian.co.uk at 20.37 GMT on Sunday 26 February 2012 . A version appeared on p28 of the Main section section of the Guardian on Dan Lyons used his personal blog to attack Michael Arrington and MG Siegler.
… I wholeheartedly agree with his points, but unfortunately there is no way back. the geeks rule the internet, for better or worse. and media is not the only part of the old world order that is deteriorating, all other industries that are being ‘disrupted’ are bound to this same ignorance – disruption brings more efficiency to the market, at the cost of ignoring inherent value system.
actually, i believe that the ‘gain’ ofÂ disruptionÂ is just temporary and the cost of building out value system is simply deferred for later stage of the cycle.
- Ethical feud splits Silicon Valley pundits down VC fault lines (digitaltrends.com)
- Why Bloggers Aren’t (Necessarily) Writers (inurbase.wordpress.com)
- MG Siegler Says ‘Most Of What Is Written About The Tech World Is Bullshit’ (stoweboyd.com)
- Michael Arrington, MG Siegler – Credibility of Silicon Valley tech bloggers is at issue (nextlevelofnews.com)