CIO Update columnist Bob Seidensticker.">
Second, keep in mind that news gathering for the Internet is the same as for all other news media. A journalist must hear of a story and either travel to the site or telephone someone for an interview, whether the story is to run in a newspaper, on TV, or at a news website. And the Internet wasnt the first to provide coverage from the location of breaking news or provide immediate access to the storyradio and TV did this decades ago.
When the transmission of information was expensive, only the most important was passed along. As costs dropped, more information of less importance made the cut.
The newest categories of information are the least important. Before blogs, there were newspaper columns. Before podcasts, there were radio programs. Someone who didnt have a voice before the Internet, didnt have a voice for a reason.
We have an increasing problem of information overload, but the basics of information gathering and prioritizing havent changed. Analysis remains vital. The core challenges of running a business are constantcustomer service, a competitive and energized workforce, and great products are as important as always. And the fundamental problems that perplex society are not solved simply by more information.
The Internet is a marvelous tool that gives us access to a deluge of information, but lets remember that its just one in a long line of tools.
Bob Seidensticker is an engineer who writes and speaks on the topic of technology change. A graduate of MIT, Bob has more than 25 years of experience in the computer industry. He is author of Future Hype: The Myths of Technology Change and holds 13 software patents.