October 31st, 2006

YouTube, Google, and Rumors vs. Truth in the Blogosphere

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Mark Cuban posted an interesting theory about the YouTube/Google deal from an “anonymous author.” The self-described “experienced veteran in the digital media business” characterizes the theory like this:

Some of this is based on talks with people involved and some is speculation based on my experience working in the industry, negotiating settlements and battling in court.

I call it a theory because it’s completely uncorroborated. Unfortunately, the blogosphere is treating it as if it were true (despite passing nods to the lack of corroboration). I can appreciate the impulse to treat the story as fact — it’s filled with salacious details of conspiring with the music industry to sue competitors and deny artists fair compensation from settlements.

As Dan Blank and Mathew Ingram point out, it doesn’t matter that the theory “rings true” — it could all be entirely made up.

The blogosphere is a tremendous force for spreading rumors and, in some cases, disinformation — this story’s “truth” or lack thereof may well be surfaced by the blogosphere as well, given the countervailing force of self-correction.

I won’t get into the whole blogging vs/is journalism debate — let’s just leave it at this: please make sure to blog responsibly.

Comments (10 Responses so far)

  1. ZDNet: Tech News and …: Behind the scenes: Google played hardball in YouTu … Rough Type: Nicholas …: Shaft the piano player Scripting News Annex: Scripting News for 10/30/2006 Publishing 2.0: YouTube, Google, and Rumors vs. Truth in the Blogo … Google Blogoscoped: Animated War Maps Poor Mojo Newswire: Inside the Goo-Tube deal The Browser: Truth a …: Behind the scenes of the Goog-Tube deal Dan Blank: Publishin …: Blogs: The Anti-Journalism

  2. , an executive with a B2B publisher and media company, is aghast at the response to Mark Cuban’s report of purported details about the Google-YouTube deal. There has been a mighty outpouring of comment, from CNNMoney.com, Publishing2.0

  3. services, giving Google free reign in the domain. Google gets its monopoly, the networks get to clamp down on uploading, and the artists and users get… well, nothing. Yeah, these guys are the ones lecturing us on morality. Via Lost Remote. More from Scott Karp. Ironically, the big problem in online video? Search. [Link] [Tags: Google, Networks] [Comment]

  4. YouTube, Google, and Rumors vs. Truth in the Blogosphere 4 days 14 min old If You Can’t Tell Whether Something Is An Ad, That’s Deception 4 days 20 hours old Can I Please Blog Your Private Meeting? 5 days 23 hours old Is Audience Measurement Still Relevant?

  5. “If it isn’t true, it should be” :-)

  6. It certainly seems to have a lot of truthiness.

  7. Thanks for drawing that distinction between belief and agnosticism, Scott. I suspect this may be one of the most critical problems we face today: “How do you know what you say you know?”

    (Message length is another issue that seems critical in these blogosphere pile-ons… Cuban’s post is very, very long, without an intro summary or other good accessibility… Nick Carr seemed to boil the issues down to a few short orienting paragraphs. Filtering long stories into a few key accessible ideas is one of my current tests of a useful description of the world.)

  8. [...] UPDATE II: Scott Karp addresses the truth vs. rumor aspect of this story. The blogosphere is a tremendous force for spreading rumors and, in some cases, disinformation — this story’s “truth” or lack thereof may well be surfaced by the blogosphere as well, given the countervailing force of self-correction. [...]

  9. hmmm…this whole thing is pretty troubling. Cuban’s become a “trusted source” in the blogosphere, and could be using that trust to manipulate people. Even more troubling are the sycophants who seem to want to repeat what he’s blathering about because he’s Mark Cuban…and not for any other good, rational reason

    if anything, this should teach us to take a second look at some of the folks that we’ve come to see as “authorities” and investigate whatever it is for ourselves.

    oh, just noticed your MyBlogLog community thing…yeah, know the guy who developed that. :-)

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