Thursday, January 06, 2005

Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism: Truth and Bill Gates

Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism: Truth and Bill Gates: "CNet's interview with Bill Gates has any number of howlers, but a couple of them stand out.
He claims, for example, that Internet Explorer is the best browser. Insulting people's intelligence is par for the course for Gates, but this one is beyond laughable.
More serious, and ugly, is Gates' attack on people who want to restore a modicum of balance to today's grossly tilted system of intellectual property. He snidely dismisses 'some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises. They don't think that those incentives should exist.'"

I think Dan Gillmor should take a longer vacation before he starts his new gig; he needs to recalibrate his objectivity a bit, imho. If this is representative of "grassroots journalism," it may need a new name.
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