Here’s who will run the internet if the nuts have their way

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Just in time for the National Peanut Festival, AP President Tom Curley is sounding nuttier and nuttier:

“Crowd-sourcing Web services such as Wikipedia, YouTube and Facebook have become preferred customer destinations for breaking news, displacing Web sites of traditional news publishers,” (the president of AP) said. “We content creators must quickly and decisively act to take back control of our content.”*

Background:

In July, I wrote a post called: “It’s official: The AP is absolutely nuts.”
*On September 30, I wrote a post called: “Why I use Wikipedia to follow major news events like the Samoa earthquake and tsunami.”

Bonus: From Jeff Jarvis: “They stood near Tiananmen Square –- as Alan Mairson tweeted, “Nice touch: They made announcement in Great Hall of the People, shrine to Central Control” –- arguing once again that people who aggregate, curate, link to, talk about their stories are stealing their value.

*Note: If he had said, “we need to offer an alternative to Wikipedia,” the meaning of his comment would have been different — and something I could agree with. For example, I’m a huge fan of Times Topics which is an alternative to Wikipedia. But that’s not what he said. He says Wikipedia has taken over control of the AP’s content and, in effect, has declared war on it. And that is nuts.

  • Hey, Rex. Really liked your post about following news events on Wikipedia. I agree that Curley's comment was odd, but here's some background on how AP sees a model in Wikipedia.

  • Thanks, Zach. I now remember seeing that post when you wrote it. I think that's a fine strategy — I guess when read literally (“We content creators must quickly and decisively act to take back control of our content.”), the meaning of what he said (i.e., what you wrote about) does not come through as clearly.

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  • shannonmcrae

    I'm impressed that you've heard of the National Peanut Festival.

  • Oh come on, Shannon. You know where I was born.

  • shannonmcrae

    I'm impressed that you've heard of the National Peanut Festival.

  • Oh come on, Shannon. You know where I was born.