Used to be, journalists were like information sprinkler systems. They pulled information up from unfathomable, inaccessible depths, and spread it out to the waiting masses.
Not any more. We all swim in an ocean of data now. And everyone has the ability to broadcast to millions. So journalists have to be pumps and filters – keeping the conversation going, while sorting the data from the noise. (Metaphor stolen from Jeff Jarvis of Buzz Machine)
But Officer Rivieri of the Baltimore Police is finding out right now that everyone has the power to broadcast . . .
. . . What’s that tinkling sound? I really hope it’s the shattered fragments of Rivieri’s career being swept off to the bin . . .