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Too Many Writers Spoil The Story

As Calcanis explained in an <a href="http://blog.wired.com/business/2007/04/my_email_conver.html#more">e-mail</a> to Vogelstein, "I'm an email guy like dave winer.. And I own my words as well, and often print them on my blog (after stories come out)."

Thomas Claburn

April 24, 2007

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Blogger Jason Calcanis recently refused to be interviewed over the phone by Wired contributing editor Fred Vogelstein. Calcanis prefers e-mail.

As Calcanis explained in an e-mail to Vogelstein, "I'm an email guy like dave winer.. And I own my words as well, and often print them on my blog (after stories come out)."Calcanis's assertion of ownership poses a real problem for the sort of authorative writing practiced by publications like Wired, not to mention InformationWeek. The sources are seceding so they can speak for themselves. Everyone wants to direct.

The result is a conversation rather than a story. Imagine every film as Rashomon and you get an idea where this is headed.

This might be manageable if the narrators were better behaved. Then it really would be a conversation. Sadly, it's too often about ego.

Calcanis made that clear when, after telling Vogelstein he would need to adapt, he wrote, "Besides I have 10,000 people come to my blog every day--i don't need wired to talk to the tech industry."

Indeed, we can all speak for ourselves, on our own terms, in press releases. We can all behave like celebrities. Won't that be grand?

About the Author(s)

Thomas Claburn

Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.

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