This post from Rafat Ali is important on at least two levels.
- It was shot with a camera phone. It is camera phone journalism. The audio is clear and the picture clear enough. It gets the job done. If reporters aren’t carrying point & shoot cameras, shouldn’t they carry a device like this? Why would any reporter today not want to be always armed with a video capture device of any kind? And why would a news ite publisher not want to post it?
- In it, you get to hear Martin Neisenholtz reveal just how little he understands blogs, and how trapped he remains in Big-J thinking about what blogging is and its role in the mediascape. It’s a little surprising that a major media leader would still hold those views. Martin seems fully invested in the false dichotomy that there is a bloggers vs. journalist competition, rather than seeing the ecosystem as it exists. The telling point is his comment to Jeff Jarvis that “there is absolutely no check on you.” At least Carolyn Little gets it. “Bloggers help keep us honest,” she says. And the message Neisenholtz needs to hear from that is that bloggers keep each other honest, too. In distributed media, there is no us and them; it’s all we.