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January 14, 2010

Tweet & Retweet

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg Gaston @ 8:05 pm

Modern Technology…you gotta love it! It’s a much different world we live in today than when I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s. Heck, it’s a different world from the first 15 years that I worked in the MedIa Profession.
Since the mid 90’s things have exploded. Much for the good, but certainly some things for the bad. The ability to get information from so many sources, in such a timely fashion, is mind boggling. To have a conversation with hundreds of people at the same time on a computer is something that only several years ago was something out of a science fiction novel. Heck, Einstein might be looked at as only marginally smart in today’s world.
With all that said there is also a rush to get the news out first. Now, I’m not saying that wasn’t the case in year’s past, nor am I saying it’s a bad thing. The problem is that in our haste to beat the other guy, we often neglect to check the facts. Members of the media often skip the extra source so they can get the info out before the other guy. The problem is their one source may not be correct. Just today I watched how a North Carolina Television Station was the first to report that David Cutcliffe, the Duke Football Coach, was leaving to take the Tennessee job. Later in the day they had to retract the story because they were wrong. Forget about trying to go get the information from the horse’s mouth, get it from the guy on Twitter who goes by the alias “Def Com 5”. Everyone on the internet, especially Twitter, have become junior reporters. “My source tells me such and such”. Problem is their source is their Aunt Virginia who kind of read the information on a website that deals in speculation. Opinions mean nothing when it comes to trying to find what is fact and what is fiction.
I will continue to tweet, retweet, tweet-tweet. I will continue to read message boards and websites. I will live in the modern world. What I won’t do, no matter who tells me to do it, is put my name on something that’s not ready to go public. Getting it first is important. Getting it right is essential.


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