If you’ve been following the conversation, Tom Glocer Don’t Spin Stories to My Friends, you might be interested in the debate going on this afternoon at the Financial Times. Click the screenshot to follow Tom Glocer, CEO of Reuters; Trevor Butterworth, Financial Times contributor; and Roger Parry of Clear Channel as they field questions on the topic of how the MSM should respond to the new media.
The Q&A has already started.
I’m more than interested in your comments. Do come back and leave one.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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I checked out the Interview…
There was no debate, no conversation, no dialogue.
It was just them answering questions and spinning their views.
Nothing resolved, not that I thought there would be.
Just my 2 cents.
ME Strauss says
It wasn’t what I expected either. But then it was what I should have expected I guess when you think about who put it on and who was talking. You might have also noticed that many of the questions came from one person. I wonder who that person is.
Seemed more like a platform than a debated didn’t it?
Seemed like a smoke screen to smooth some feathers.
The message didn’t change much from what I could see.
You can tell these guys don’t take bloggers seriously, and they certainly don’t feel threatened by blogs in general. Their references to ‘only 5% original content’ and ‘links to testing vibrators’ prove that they have nothing less than only slightly restrained distain for the entire blogging community.
ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s not to say that all blogs are worth reading, no one knows that more than someone that has a blog. Having said that, I think that bloggers realize more than anyone that the entire field of media is getting flipped on its ear, things are changing at lightning speed. I really don’t think that these guys see it coming.
ME Strauss says
Hi David C.
Great to see you back again!
It’s hard to find a way to say that without sounding defensive, isn’t it? Still they don’t seem to have read many blogs based on the conversation that they have.
For a group that claims to have quality content based on research . . . they seem to be relying awfully heavily on word-of-mouth and perception rather than reality.
BTW, folks from API and Edelman have been to visit this blog this week, but I’ve not seen anyone from Reuters of Financial Times servers. Doesn’t mean they haven’t been here. Doesn’t mean they have either.
It is difficult not to sound defensive, and I certainly donÃ¢â¬â¢t take any of what theyÃ¢â¬â¢ve said personally. IÃ¢â¬â¢m like everyone else, I have my own opinions. Some of them coincide with the things they talked about, many more of them do not.
The only real issue I have is that here are some guys which seem to me to be a least a little behind the curve, telling us how everything is going to pan out. They might not be the best ones to predict the future here, and I would hate to see others make decisions about their own lives based on what they have to say.
If youÃ¢â¬â¢re a blog writer donÃ¢â¬â¢t stop doing it because they say youÃ¢â¬â¢re not going to have a place in the future of media, it feeds into the way they would prefer to see things turn out. The future could very well be quite different than what they have planned for themselves.
ME Strauss says
I take the same issue about the curve as you do.
I also hear three guys who are used to being listened to no matter what they say. So much so that they’ve stopped listening to themselves or questioning their own opinions as they once might have when they were still working to get where they are now.