Thanks CNN for admitting you are obsolete as a news medium
La Bamba, a Salvadoran/Mexican restaurant in Mountain View, has a TV up on the wall that is always playing CNN. So every time we Mozillanoids go to La Bamba for lunch, I get to see CNN's Quality Daytime Programming.
The program they always seem to show during lunch consists of a dude reading his Twitter feed to you out loud. They show you the Twitter feed too, not through some kind of high-tech CNN graphics, but by pointing a video camera at their computer screen.
It's like, gee CNN, could you be any more obvious about admitting you are obsolete as a news medium?
I know you guys have 24 hours to fill, and that fawning interviews with stupid, corrupt, fact-challenged politicians, who you refuse to challenge or contradict or fact-check, will only fill so many of those 24 hours. But reading your Twitter feed out loud? Why would I want to watch that if I could just subscribe to all the same Twitter feeds myself?
Have you finally decided that the purpose of TV is to repeat stuff from the Web for people who don't have computers? How times have changed since the days when the "old media" poo-poohed the "new media", eh?
No wonder CNN is losing all its viewership.
Fox Business "news"
Mozilla's new CEO, Gary, was interviewed on Fox Business News.
It's painful. The tagline on the bottom of the screen said "GODZILLA OF SEARCH ENGINES". (We're not a search engine).
They asked Gary about the "IPO". He told them, um, no. (We're a nonprofit.) And the Fox lady was like, "The Godzilla of search engines is not going public, wow, that's a scoop !"
How many mistakes can you cram into one sentence?
(Obligatory Simpsons quote:
Mayor: "May the, uh, force be with you!"
Leonard Nimoy: "Do you even know who I am?")
This morning somebody put up this sign at the office. And somebody else made this image:
(I think the meme is supposed to be spelled "Y U NO IPO", but close enough)
This isn't even the first time Fox Business News have invited us on so they could embarrass themselves on TV. They interviewed our old CEO, John Lily, once, and in that one they told the audience: "Firefox is the most popular search engine besides Google and Apple".
(That's like saying "Firefox is the most popular video game besides Nintendo and France!")
Didn't anybody on the staff have, like, a teenage son who they could have asked about this confusing Internet thing? You don't get something that wrong unless you're intentionally trying to mislead people or you're unbelievably lazy. And I can't imagine any way these mistakes would help push an ideological agenda so I must assume it's plain laziness. They were too lazy to do thirty seconds of research on people they're about to interview or even to skim the info packet that our PR team sent them.
The problem with the mainstream news media (and don't fool yourself Fox, you are the mainstream media) is that nobody is ever punished for being wrong or rewarded for being right. Their only incentive is to bring in viewers and therefore ad dollars, and who cares if what they're telling viewers is complete bullshit? I wonder if the concepts of correct and incorrect even register in their minds.
(Oh, but just look at all those screens in the background showing... numbers... and orange rectangles swirling around! So high-tech! So professional-looking! They must be trustworthy!)
Nobody better be making any business decisions based on this show. Because they don't care if they're right or wrong.
They just don't care.