After writing the previous post, I popped over to Mark Cuban’s blog and read a very interesting (and lengthy) post about an article in the New York Times. I haven’t been following the story but that’s not what I found interesting.
Cuban published the complete email exchange upon which the NYT article was based –with link to the article– and invites his readers to decide if the Times piece is a fair representation of what Cuban said/wrote.
In the good old days, we would have read the Times story and assumed (because it’s the New York Times, after all) it was 100% accurate. If we happened to know Mark Cuban we could ask him if it was but today the entire world can decide if the story was fair and accurate.
If all my reporter buddies can’t see why this is a big deal… well, I can’t explain it to them. This is what they mean when they talk about the web becoming a “conversation.”