A more sober Calacanis now recognizes that "this whole... stand off has really developed into a very interesting debate on the future of news." Jeff Jarvis weighs in on the matter, calling for a whole new model to replace the now "obsolete" interview:
There’s a better way. Try combining the Calacanis and Winer methods: Perform the interview in writing, in public. As Winer says: “So if you want to work together, let’s find a new way to do it. I’m fed up with the old system. The way we start the reboot is to do all our work out in the open, real-time. Not via email, but in full view of everyone.”
While Scott Karp has a point that the old model isn't entirely broken (there's a certain beauty to the live, face-to-face discussion when done right), I tend to agree with Jarvis and Winer. Today's tools enable the center of gravity to move away from the journalist and toward the community - interviewer, interviewee and public. Given that, the journalist's role in many interviews should be redefined as informed participant, facilitator, and quality-control monitor. We'd all profit if this were the case.
For this very reason, we recently launched a series of online, real-time, reader-driven interviews with companies of interest to our readership. We provide the platform for a new type of discourse - check out our most recent interactive Q&As and let us know your thoughts on the Seeking Alpha approach to interview 2.0:
- Dick Costolo, Co-Founder and CEO of FeedBurner
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