Iran: We have hypernews, need cool analysis


Iran is moving fast, the best source for breaking news right now is Twitter, but don’t forget to be a brilliant analyst at the same time!:

There’s plenty of misinformation out there, like rumors that Ahmadinejad is going to stage an assassination attempt, so we need to be careful about how we judge the information. If we’re a savvy analyst, we need to be careful about the weight we attach to photographs and video accounts. They’re the most immediate and emotionally powerful, but they can distort our understanding of the situation, particularly of about the importance of specific developments.

Every major news story these days has its own user-driven information logic, Iran is no exception. The realtime criticism of CNN’s coverage is a good example. Now we debate the news judgement of the media as it happens, and this opinion exchange again influences the news coverage and maybe even events. Some news media have been good at reflecting this shift via their news blogs, a format that turns out to be very useful:

NYT/The Lede

Guardian News Blog


(Thanks to Etterretninger for alerting me of the story — late, while doing other things!).