When The Media Gets It Wrong (On Twitter)
Posted 10 September 2011 - 04:54 PM
60 seconds later, twitter went into meltdown, Apple shared dropped $6.70 in seconds, and from what I read, Apples switch board light up, with questions on what happened.
While all this was going on, JZ and myself were firing emails back and forward at 6.30 am, wondering if our hero was gone.
Which sort of leads me to the question, was else over the years has the media got wrong ? and is twitter really a trust worthy place to get your news fix ever 5 minutes ?
Posted 10 September 2011 - 07:37 PM
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"It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy" - Steve Jobs
Posted 11 September 2011 - 09:49 PM
Posted 12 September 2011 - 12:09 PM
I've never mistaken a seam of coal for something that turned out to be worthless shale, but that is because I am not a geologist.
Just think a sincere apology would have sufficed (as we do all make mistakes even for those who think you are perfect ) rather than a career ending termination.
Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:48 AM
I have to say, it's beginning to irk me that due to the fact that Jobs is obviously unwell, everybody wants to be the first to take 'that photo' or announce his demise/passing. Even the tone people use when speaking about him, as though it's the lead up to his obituary, or worse – they write in past tense. Don't bury a man so readily.
He's one of the most powerful leaders in the world, so yes, public interest is huge. But at some point the argument needs to be made that he is, in fact, human. And with that acknowledgement and his current situation, ethics should be a consideration.
I imagine it would be hardest for his family, to be subjected to this ongoing circus.
And when sites like Twitter are consumed as a 'hard' news service, the journalist's code of ethics gets left behind in the dust of tweets.
Tricky moral dilemma. Agreed that she should have been fired.
Posted 13 September 2011 - 11:25 AM
Not that it matters one iota as this will only happen more and more... We seem to living in a more and more perverse celebrity news society and I can see that the first person/entity that comes up with any major news item could jump the gun in their haste to get a scoop.
Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:07 PM
When a journalist joins the profession they agree to abide by a code of ethics, part of that commitment is full accountability for violating its terms and conditions.
I say that Jobs is one of the most powerful leaders in the world, simply because he is. When you look at cultural, consumer and economical trends, Apple is at the core (pardon the pun) of significant growth. He was at the helm of the company (in founding it and its subsequent resurgence years later), and as such, I don't think anyone (fan or not) would dispute that a public figure with such a high profile doesn't generate public interest.
If a family member or friend of mine was reported as being dead when they were not, I would absolutely take legal action. As would most.
With power comes great responsibility. I fail to see evidence of it here, though.
Posted 13 September 2011 - 02:02 PM
Posted 13 September 2011 - 04:40 PM
I mean to say if share prices fell after they (albeit) incorrectly reported the death of a man known to be at the very least unwell one has to ask why if people are so concerned that they would immediatly bail out now after the 'event' and not begin a move away now before the inevitable must one day happen.
I don't believe Apple would collapse, it might eventually change direction a little but it's a big company now.
IF apple is so dependent on a Fanboy culture to keep it afloat then it likely will have problems in the future but any thinking person should realise it's as much about the company and the product as it is about the man.
Posted 13 September 2011 - 05:03 PM