CNN’s new social news site iReport.com bills itself as “Unedited. Unfiltered. News.”
Is this a good thing? Perhaps I’m a bit sensitive since I’m a copy editor and I take my job very seriously. But I’d think that journalism in general is (at least in part) about filtering and editing to take out the junk.
Of course, filtering and editing requires human intervention, and that means hiring employees who cost money. Sucker-generated content is free, and also hip. So it’s worth it to take in the pounds and pounds of dreck with the occasional half-decent video.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe “Sleds on a Hill” really is the future of journalism.