Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at the controversy surrounding tech blog TechCrunch posting internal documents from Twitter that were obtained from a hacker stealing them. Some people defend TechCrunch as running newsworthy documents, while others think they are harming Twitter too much. I also look at possible profits coming from video giant YouTube and ask Just One Question to the SPJ’s Peter Sussman about the ethics surrounding posting stolen documents.
Check it out:
Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network
Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:
SPJ’s Code of Ethics
TechCrunch Ethics And The Twitter Leaks at Silicon Beat
TwitterGate: Out Damned Spot! at AllThingsD
Yes, It’s Stealing — By Any Name at MediaPost
The Ev-Files spoof videogame
Sorry, YouTube Bears, You Were Wrong at Silicon Alley Insider
YouTube Is Doomed at Silicon Alley Insider
Here’s a graphical view of last week’s MediaShift survey results. The question was “How much would you pay for access to NYTimes.com?”
Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what situation you would post stolen documents to your site or blog.
Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.