Horst put his blogtalk paper online. Unfortunately it is written in some Word-like Wordprocessor but the content makes it up as it is interesting to read.
Written a short time before the austrian president died. The mass media freaked out about that “news” The local radio station broadcasted phone calls from people that phoned in and started to cry on the radio. Thousands of people wrote into online condolence books here and here.
Even though most people did not have any contact with him and even though they did not like him when he was alive. Strange country.
So yes I admit it, I would be more affected by the fact that a cat of someone on my blogroll died.
What I am missing here (probably because it is a bit offtopic for BlogTalk or because i missed most of the journalists vs. weblogs debate), is the role of journalism in the future. In the first part Horst stressed the importance of seriousness of journalism compared to weblogs, while later kind of redefines seriousness for weblogs as the “news” that matters. Does the journalist’s news matter? Do they only exist, because people believe that they write about important stuff?