The Register proves journalism still alive with Wikipedia story

Just when you think that all content is people like me just make stuff up and lambast Apple, The Register comes along with an in-depth piece of legitimate journalism.

Earlier this week I went to lunch with Ashlee and Cade from The Register and they were telling me about this giant story that had been in process for weeks. The story "Wikipedia black helicopters circle Utah's Traverse Mountain" is a wild-ride of Wikipedia editing, stock-shorting and false identities that is more like a bad Sandra Bullock movie than it is Web 2.0, but that's not my point.

My point is that for all the naysayers who say that journalism is dying thanks to blogs and social media there is still clearly room for real journalism--the kind of writing that requires research, editing and legal checks.

The blogosphere spends the majority of its time commenting on things that other people write-- which is why despite the plethora of content the majority of it is crap. Even here on CNet both Matt Asay and I have found that the pieces we write that are more in-depth and take longer tend to not get as many hits as the ones that ride the trends. I can only hope Steve Ballmer calls Apple users communists over the weekend to improve my traffic.

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Dave Rosenberg has more than 15 years of technology and marketing experience that spans from Bell Labs to startup IPOs to open-source and cloud software companies. He is CEO and founder of Nodeable, co-founder of MuleSoft, and managing director for Hardy Way. He is an adviser to DataStax, IT Database, and Puppet Labs.

 

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