Dancing on the graves of 'old media'
With Twitter in a furor over the latest conflicting reports on the Boston bombing investigation, a television industry executive sends the following email:
"While it's a shame that credible 'old media' organizations can blow something as big as this, it's equally a shame that the twitterverse, blogosphere, etc, feels the need to dance on their graves.
"The snark on Twitter has reached new heights... it's not about getting to the truth or serving the public good, it's about who can make the wittiest joke to impress their friends. This is an important story for the nation, and reporters from organizations new and old are trying to cover it. People make mistakes.
"But, the Fourth Estate, flawed though it is, was set-up to be a watchdog for the Republic. Is there now a Fifth Estate -- the social media universe that purports to be keeping an eye on the Fourth estate but really is just looking out for themselves?"
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