This week, co-host Chip Griffin joins Jen Zingsheim to discuss the question of whether news drives the conversation, or is a subset of it; Twitter (and other social networks) spanning borders and running headlong into a variety of legal issues as laws vary from country to country; and using mistakes and failures as lessons from which to grow.
Today’s show is 25-minutes in length.
- First, Jen and Chip discuss a post written by Jeff Jarvis in which he argues that the news is a subset of the conversation, and should stop considering itself as the source of information. In the piece, he lays out several reasons supporting his case, including using Andy Carvin’s Twitter content curation during the Arab Spring as an example of how Twitter/social media are providing the news content, not responding to it. Jen takes issue with Jarvis’s suggestion that journalists get involved in the comments of news stories. Jen thinks most comments sections on mainstream news pieces are “a cesspool” and that journalists getting involved in comments serve little purpose (she does suggest an exception if a portion of the story is being widely misunderstood by commenters).
- Next, the two cover an interesting story in which Twitter is playing a prominent role–the case of a popular “footballer” (UK soccer star) who is alleged to be having an affair with a reality series star; the soccer player and the reality star have both been named on Twitter. The UK has strict privacy laws, and the athlete has requested a “super injunction” barring his name from being published. But what are the standards for a US-based company like Twitter? Chip points out that if a company is operating overseas, efforts need to be made to comply with local laws. The nature of social networks makes this far more challenging. Jen asks Chip what he thinks of Nicolas Sarkozy’s suggestion that it’s time for international laws governing the Internet–Chip is not a fan of this proposal.
- Finally, Jen and Chip discuss a post by Gini Dietrich, about mistakes, failure, and learning from both. Chip notes that learning from mistakes is universal, and can be applied to anything from communicators learning how to pitch a story to reporters to