Sunday, January 30, 2011

The New York Times vs. Assange

The New York Times's weekend magazine article, “Dealing with Assange and the Wikileaks Secrets,” by Bill Keller, The Times’s executive editor, is a delicious, dishy apologia for the newspaper's handling of Wikileaks information released last year about the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan and US diplomatic cables.

It is also a fascinating take (from one point of view, as all takes are) on how journalism continues to be as relevant as ever – in fact, even more necessary – to interpret the huge amount of information now available via the Internet in today’s tell-all culture.

Another observation I offer about journalism relates to its threatened future funding. I was so entertained by the Keller article that I purchased for $5.99 The Times’s e-book: Open Secrets -- WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy: Complete and Expanded Coverage from The New York Times.

My conclusions: Content is still king. Analyzed information (intelligence) is more valuable than information. Dishing always outdraws boring facts.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Two confessions

First confession -- My name is Ann Lee Gibson, and I am an imperfect and intermittent blogger. Work, family, life, sleep and fun all conspire to keep me from being a daily, weekly or even monthly blogger. It ain’t ever gonna happen, and I’ve now accepted it.

Second confession -- I wanted this blog to be only about law firm competitive intelligence, hence the blog title. However, sometimes I also want to talk or vent about other law firm marketing topics that are only peripherally related to law firm CI. Therefore, I’ve decided that from now on I will unleash myself here on any law firm marketing topic I find I’m obsessing about, that has raised my blood pressure, or that tickles my funny bone.

Live with it.

And now, on to the next post.