» Google Zeitgest Europe: my rant on citizen journalism

Google Zeitgest Europe: my rant on citizen journalism

Google had invited me to speak at Google Zeitgest Europe and just sent me the video of my rant, thanks again, Sandrine and all the Google team. Note: I started by a mistake saying most of our 15 million blogs are paying, I meant “many of them”, apologies I was under light stress in front of such an audience of a few hundred european personalities and speaking just before Peter Gabriel ;-)



  • http://profile.typekey.com/publicworksfoundation/ erik

    A great presentation.
    You made the difference between journalism and blogging very clear. And in the same time told them that blogging is more and more becoming a major factor in forming public opinion. The end conclusions were to the point an accurate. Thanks again.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/benjamin0123/ Benjamin

    Nice indeed!
    Any chance we get your presentation file to support the video?
    Also, you say that it’s difficult to lie on an influential blog (is that right?). I started to wonder if blogs were not only making it easier to gather people with the same world view… hence not necessarily a “truth”, but a sort of local truth…
    Though you present the difference between journalists and bloggers very well, one thing that might be missing is the “check your sources” that no blogger has to do, while it is expected from journalists.
    The problem is that in the information age, journalists only “breaking news” is appreciated (for their information or their “did you know…?” value I am not sure which one wins). Come with the same news the next day and it’s too late. As a result, many journalists stopped checking their info or are checking less.
    Now here is a question: will the world be divided between:
    - light-speed unchecked info supported by the power of pictures and videos (that can very easily misinterpreted consciously or not by the publisher then its readers)
    - slow but more reliable investigation?
    In which case, the only “journalists” who survive are those:
    - creating information by investigating
    - publishing as fast as they can and blame their source when things go wrong
    - making small bits of information sound like big news (oh was it already the case?)
    Is it still information?

  • http://profile.typekey.com/delaronda/ alberto lacalle

    hi! the correct name is
    “Google Zeitgeist Europe”
    ZEITGEIST
    alberto

  • http://profile.typekey.com/aiesechec/ Jeremy Fain

    Alberto is right: “Zeitgeist” meaning “Vision of the world”…which wasn´t the point of my post. Thanks to Google France for inviting Loic, and thanks to you Loic for this wonderful briefing on blogging. I found clear and effective up to the point that I published a post to mention this podcast on my blog. Here´s the address: http://itaddict.blogspot.com/2006/07/loic-le-meur-on-blogging-at-google.html#links

  • http://www.mopsos.com Martin R. Dugage

    Loïc,
    Très bonne présentation. Habile combinaison de candeur et de professionnalisme.
    Chapeau. Vraiment.

  • http://www.gesundheitshersteller.de Annerose

    These comments have been invaluable to me as is this whole site. I thank you for your comment.

  • http://www.4shared.us david

    Nice indeed!
    Any chance we get your presentation file to support the video?
    Also, you say that it’s difficult to lie on an influential blog (is that right?). I started to wonder if blogs were not only making it easier to gather people with the same world view… hence not necessarily a “truth”, but a sort of local truth…
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    http://www.dl4all.com