Huffington Post Fails At Crowdsoucing GM Dealer Closing List — 11 Comments

  1. Omygod, it failed once, so crowdsourcing is an utter failure forever. It will never be used again. It was just a stupid idea. Close the internet. Turn out the light when you leave. Nevermind. It’s over.


    Glad you’re there waiting for the press release.

    Jeff Jarvis…also wrote this…Happy birthday, Baristanet

  2. @Jeff Jarvis: What ever happened to the experiment? Did you follow up?
    The GM list was as easy as it gets. If crowdsourcing doesn’t work on the easy stuff, it won’t work on the hard stuff.

    BTW: Patrick Swayze isn’t dead yet in case you are getting your news from Twitter.

    You are just such a smart ass commenter. I hate that about you.

  3. You’re the one who called me a yahoo. I’d say you set the tone.

    New Assignment became Off the Bus, which broke a few stories, you may remember.

    But this is a ridiculous thread. Show me the person who is saying that crowdsourcing will take over all journalism. No one. You’re fishing for a red herring. Can it help journalists do their jobs? Yes, it can. So why reject it? just because you want to? Why? Because it’s new? Less controlled? Really, why the hostility?

    Jeff Jarvis…also wrote this…FTC to the rescue

  4. @cawlin: yes, every newspaper has a list of dealers in their circulation area. (if the dealers would reveal it) Where do you think Huffpo is getting their list?

  5. In my personal opinion, one thing that crowdsourcing is good for is eliminating the hidden agendas of corporate owned media outlets. I’d much rather have my news influenced by 10,000 random personal opinions than the finely honed politics of Ted Turner or Rupert Murdoch.

    That said, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time here because this blog is that rare animal – interesting and humorous. Thumbs, up 60.

    Frumpzilla…also wrote this…Comic Relief

  6. @Frumpzilla: thanks for the thumbs up! Ted Turner is no longer associated with any news organization. Does Rupert Murdoch influence Fox News, WSJ, etc. Probably, but more in a way of who he hires to run things…

    I don’t want to discuss network news because it’s irrelevant to a “local” story like the car dealers closing.

    But in crowdsourcing, who do you trust to give you the facts?

    I do like crowdsourcing for breaking stories: plane in Hudson. But in the long haul, I want somebody that’s been trained to separate the wheat from the chaff on the story.



  8. I think there is a time and a place for crowdsourcing, but I agree….it doesn’t have any place in big stories like this. What happened to patience and waiting for the real story to surface? I miss real journalism.