Responding to the "Confidence Game"

If you care about the "future of news" debate, take a few minutes to read Clay Shirky's response to Dean Starkman's essay in the Columbia Journalism Review, which was titled "Confidence Game."

What strikes me most about the reactionary responses of the people Jay Rosen calls "the printies" is how often the acts of observation and analysis are identified and attacked as advocacy.

Gateways in the Chinese wall

In business, a Chinese wall is an information barrier that separates one part of the company from another. In newspapers, there's a Chinese wall between the journalism part (the newsroom) and the business part (advertising), and usually also the opinion part (the editorial page). Outsiders generally don't understand this, but left hand really doesn't know what the right hand is up to, and what's more, often don't want to know.