Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jun 2012 09:50 UTC
Microsoft I'm very thankful for Danny Sullivan writing this article, because it touches upon a subject I've increasingly been frustrated with: the inflation of the term 'hands-on'. Hands-on used to mean that a journalist, blogger, or reviewer got to properly use a device to get some sort of first impression, usually guided by some words from the manufacturer. These days, however, it seems as if even merely getting a glance at a device is regarded as a 'hands-on'.
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Modern journalism is hands-off
by kwan_e on Mon 25th Jun 2012 15:35 UTC
kwan_e
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2007-02-18

Modern journalism is about repeating press releases and reporting on what spokesmen have to say.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Modern journalism is about repeating press releases and reporting on what spokesmen have to say.


Yeah, and reporting on whatever the tech rumor of the day is, without actually doing a bit of work to confirm any of it. As a result, calling any of these people 'journalists' is an insult to real journalists everywhere. It's like calling anyone who installs a USB printer on their PC a techie ;)

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Modern journalism is about repeating press releases and reporting on what spokesmen have to say.

That's really nothing new.

Don't imply the old ways were necessarily better - easy to fall into outright "old times were better" myths that way. We have archives of old newspapers, they were often RIDICULOUS (seriously, do a daily habit of looking through some your regional respectable and/or widely circulated newspaper edition from exactly 100 years prior)

It was often worse, there was just not much comparison, not much access to independent media - of course it seemed reliable without much dissenting information or voices.

Edited 2012-07-03 00:06 UTC

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