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12-11-2012, 09:30 AM
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Twitter has become the downfall of modern media credibility. They have three primary charges imo: 1) Craft a compelling account of current events, 2) maintain journalistic veracity / integrity substantiated by quotes, data, etc., and 3) achieve items 1 and 2 in a timely manner (i.e. breaking a "scoop").

Twitter has made it nearly impossible to achieve items 1 and 2 while still pursuing item 3; the attention span of the modern media consumer is shorter than ever and, for the media, the early bird gets the worm...even if that worm is actually an old broken leather shoelace that merely appeared to be a worm.

I don't feel bad for them necessarily, but I understand their situation. That's why you see old school guys like Bob McKenzie often caveat a lot of their tweets with disclosure about "preliminary info."

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