Tuesday, January 16, 2007
If only telcos would be this open!
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a big organization to see that it needs to change. Thus, a brief editorial in the Memphis Commercial Appeal last week is remarkable. Here's pretty much the whole piece:
The National Conference for Media Reform [is] an event expected to draw 2,500 [3200 -- David I] or more participants who are concerned about the media's future . . . they'll be discussing why and how corporate ownership of media outlets is a bad thing.
As a newspaper owned by a large corporation, we could choose to be offended by this topic. But we aren't.
Few industries are able to survive unless they're willing to adapt. And in order to adapt, they must first understand what changes are necessary. This conference is likely to produce a generous amount of criticism directed toward newspapers and other media. Some of it will almost certainly be constructive, while some won't be.
It'll be our challenge to listen to what the conferees have to say, then determine if we can change our newspaper and online products to make them more useful and relevant.
Remarkable. Too bad telcos can't project that attitude.
We'd like to thank those attending the conference in advance for their input.