Welcome to tonight’s award ceremony. There’s only one category. And only one nominee.
The winner of the 2007 Ridiculous Comment of the Year Award goes to Donnacha DeLong:
There are those who claim that Web 2.0 democratises the media. It would make everyone equal, yes, but should they be? It’s like saying anyone can play for Manchester United. In one of the main examples given to explain Web 2.0, Wikipedia replaces Britannica Online. Is that the kind of democracy we want – where anyone can determine the information that the public can access, regardless of their level of knowledge, expertise or agenda?
Should everyone be equal? Stupid question. Of course they should. And yes, it’s EXACTLY like saying everyone can play for Manchester United. Because everyone can… if they’re good enough. Not everyone has the skill to be a columnist for The Times, but that doesn’t mean we should stop them blogging on their own patch. It’s the journalism equivalent of having a kick about in the park. Just because little Jimmy isn’t good enough to play for Manchester United doesn’t mean the F.A come and confiscate his ball now does it?
You know, I may be cynical here when I say that if Donnacha is worried about agendas or lack of knowledge, then maybe journalists are the main culprits. Newspapers have agendas. TV stations have agendas. In fact, the only type of journalism WITHOUT an agenda is citizen journalism. They’re just taking pictures and blogging about whatever takes their fancy.
Roy Greenslade has given up his NUJ membership after reading that tripe up there. I don’t blame him. Personally, I’m not going to leave the NUJ, but you’ll never find me supporting their causes. They’re there for the limited legal protection they can russle up for me — and nothing more.