The thing I love about blogging is that everyone involved in a news story can give you their point of view. Here’s Laurent Haug, the founder of LIFT, who interviewed Florence Devouard, of Wikipedia, on stage, and what she said on stage has now been quoted and read around the world. Laurent, last night, went back and looked at the video tape and gave her exact quote and the context in which it was said. He did that because people were reporting that Florence said Wikipedia would shut down in three months if it didn’t get more cash. That is NOT true, based on the transcripts of what she actually said. It’s why I would rather memetrackers (and other bloggers) actually link to people who were in the audience at a news event.
Compare this to the world we used to live in, where journalists would write an article and there was almost nothing the people who were involved in the story could do to augment, correct, or improve on the understanding we all had about a news story. I far, far, far prefer this new world. Thanks, Laurent, for demonstrating what your conference was all about: that the way we share things worldwide has changed. And for the better.
We’re about to hop on a plane to Munich, then onto SFO. We will be offline for the next 12 hours or so. See ya Sunday night.