Bloggers don’t get why Old Media is wary of two way communication, and become irked when they can’t respond with their opinions on news websites. After all, information wants to be free.
Information may be free, but libel is expensive, Old Media replies.
New Media knows this in its heart, but gets annoyed when Old Media happily ignores copyright and grabs images off the internet without payment.
New Media wants comment, and lots of it. Old Media lives by the adage that comment is free, but fact is sacred.
New Media suspects this adage only applies to some comment.
New Media watched with mounting frustration as Old Media dealt with #picturegate, exasperated that core issues of free speech, censorship and abuse of power were ignored while political spinners reset the agenda to focus on obscenity and (I kid you not!) incitement to hatred.
Only Helen Lovejoy was missing.
New Media noticed Brian Cowen was never asked about his role in the affair.
Instead, his opinions were reported second hand. ‘The Taoiseach didn’t speak to his press secretary’, we were told.
New Media was unimpressed.
And Old Media can’t figure out why circulation is falling.