A Sean Parker, il fondatore di Napster, non è piaciuto il trattamento cui è stato sottoposto dalla stampa on line per il suo costosissimo matrimonio elfico in una iper protetta foresta di sequoie. E così ha deciso di scrivere un pezzo su TechCrunch - lungo quanto costoso era il matrimonio - per lamentarsi del giornalismo on line.
Compared with journalists in the traditional media world, who he (cioè Parker, ndr) painted almost as paragons of balance in his online account, the former Facebook executive denounced the new online pack as “link-baiting jackals who believe that ‘truth’ is whatever drives clicks”. Mr Parker paid tribute to the way social networks had helped “foment revolutions, overturn governments and give otherwise invisible people a voice”. However, he added that they had also extended “the impact of real-world bullying from physical interactions into the online world”. He added: “I have also witnessed these mediums used to form massive digital lynch mobs . . . its present form, the social media may be doing more harm than good.” By undermining the economics of traditional journalism, the blogs and social media networks had left a world where the only way to make money was by repeating information picked up elsewhere without conducting any extra reporting, often adding a twist of heavy-handed commentary to attract attention, Mr Parker said. The result has been the “nearly automatic rehashing and regurgitating of nonsense news, contrived to tell whatever seems to be the most sensational story, and repeated endlessly within the ‘echo chamber’ of social media”.
Quello che ne ha ricavato si può leggere nei commenti di boingboing (il più gentile è douche canoe, cioè douce bag in formato gigante, un po' come il suo ego smisurato).
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