The only sane response to change is to find the opportunity in it.
So much of what happens in my business - journalism - is people are now lamenting the change that is occurring. Well there is not much you can do about it. The only sane response to change is to find the opportunity in it. So I tell students to look for that opportunity and sometimes you’re looking for vulnerability in legacy players. Sometimes you’re looking for new opportunities that are brought on by technology.
Companies too much believe that secrets are their secret sauce.
I think you have to look at privacy differently from individuals and companies and governments. At individuals we should have the choice of how public and private we need to be. Government I think needs to become transparent by default. In the middle are companies and companies shouldn’t be forced to be radically public, but I think they would be wise to be far more public because in being public it opens up all kinds of new opportunities for them. First is trust. A more open and transparent company is just hiding less on its face. Very importantly, by opening up I think you have the opportunity to collaborate with your customers and your public as well.
The first serious discussion of a legal right to privacy in the United States didn’t come until the year 1890 and that was because of the invention of a technology and that technology was the Kodak camera.
We should be cautious about assuming that we know the shape of the future.
JEFF JARVIS, author of Gutenberg the Geek (Amazon Publishing), Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live (Simon & Schuster, 2011) and What Would Google Do? (HarperCollins 2009), blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.
He is consulting editor and a partner at Daylife, a news startup. He consults for media companies and is a public speaker. Until 2005, he was president and creative director of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications. Prior to that, Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner; assistant city editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune; reporter for Chicago Today.