Last month, America’s reigning (self-appointed, mind you) journalism expert Jeff Jarvis had some harsh words for the 16,000 reporters who traveled to Tampa to cover the Republican National convention.
“What actual reporting can you possibly do that delivers anything of value more than the infomercial—light on the info, heavy on the ’mercial—that Read More
The self-obsessed world of online journalism came close to a singularity moment early this month, when an up-and-coming young sports columnist was exposed as a garden-variety con artist. Over at the Gawker sports site Deadspin, John Koblin reconstructed the luridly fascinating saga of ESPN.com writer Sarah Phillips, who had landed a plum perch in the enormous, vastly profitable industry of sports journalism without benefit of a single in-person job interview.
Two years ago, at Davos, the annual summit of great technological and economic minds, a media scion of one of the most powerful journalistic voices in the world was demanding answers from Facebook’s co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
“He said, Mark, how do we get a community like you? Tell me how!” remembered Jeff Jarvis, the Read More
Remember how back in November former Observer ‘Edgy Enthusiast‘ columnist Ron Rosenbaum used his Slate ‘Spectator’ column to call out Buzzmachine’s Jeff Jarvis as "the Sarah Palin of Gurus"?
At the time, Mr. Jarvis—a former magazine editor-turned-digital evangelist—responded by calling Mr. Rosenbaum "a pissy third grader," which sparked an on-going war of Read More
What should media organizations do to survive? "We should embrace change,” Jeff Jarvis tells John Koblin. “Instead, too often we fight change. That’s the nature of organizations and institutions that hold power. Change might mean losing power. The great and magnificent irony of online—this would really send [Ron] Rosenbaum’s spine up—is that in my Read More
If you wanted to wipe out the American media establishment in one blow, you might have targeted the Grand Ballroom on the third floor of the Plaza hotel at around 9 a.m. on Nov. 12.
The Foursquare Conference was organized by media mogul Steve Rattner’s Quadrangle Partners, and had the kind of exclusive list Read More
Call it the Rumble in the RSS Reader: Ron Rosenbaum, former Edgy Enthusiast for The Observer and current Slate ‘Spectator’ columnist, took a sharp pin and attempted to pop the increasingly inflated ego of Jeff Jarvis, the former print journalist-turned-New Media guru at Buzzmachine.com.
Here’s a blow-by-blow, so far:
Me and Bob: On the one hand, you could say that the conflict I’m about to describe proves that everything goes back to high school. On the other, you could look at it from the perspective of the centuries-old debate in Western culture between scientism and humanism—or rationality vs. anarchy.
But I like to describe Read More