New York Times releasing document viewer, missing the point
E-media Tidbits is reporting that the New York Times is releasing an open-source document viewer.
To be fully buzzword compliant it’s both built in Ruby on Rails and there’ll be Amazon EC2 instances available. (Actually the EC2 instance is kind of a neat way to distribute software…)
While I’m sure this will set off a storm of journalists a-blogging’ about how awesome this is, and how much of a public service this will be I feel compelled to call bullshit on that.
Come on! In a world where I can easily find more information than I can ever possibly use does the public really need more access to raw information.
We’re drowning in information. What a great deal of users are looking for is context, analysis and filtering of that information.
To conclude I’ll drop in an entire appropriate, and completely gratuitous, Jon Stewart clip that exemplifies what I’d like to see more of from journalists:
Filed under: Journalism,Programming,Technology
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