You know how sometimes you read something you said or wrote a couple of years ago and, echhh, you just can’t stand yourself? Well, I was surprised to see that I sort of still agree with 2004 Sloan:
“Choice and control are just too cool, too useful, and too satisfying to resist,” Sloan said. “Add distributed creation and collaborative filtering, and you can come up with systems that are so much more flexible and efficient than anything happening in a modern newsroom.”
“But unlike most newsrooms, these processes don’t come with values baked in,” Sloan added. The goal is that they are “executed by people who are dedicated to the notion of fairness, integrity, and truth-telling. On an individual level — especially insofar as we are bloggers and media-makers — we can decide we want to adopt those values for ourselves.”
Not long ago I met Sam Gustin, who wrote this most recent Googlezon retrospective, and found him a thoroughly modern reporter: trained in shoe-leather fundamentals (in part during a stint on the New York Post metro desk — yow) but also totally conversant in, and excited about, new formats (he writes for Portfolio.com now — everything from blog dispatches to reported essays like this one).
Also: In the comments over at Portfolio, the editor of The Issue chimes in, which reminded me that I was going to link over there. Worth a peek.