After stirring up their own country’s commentators, the German blogger elite has launched an international version of their Internet Manifesto in English. Fifteen authors of Germany’s most popular blogs have signed a declaration about How journalism works today. The 17 articles run down from statements like “the Internet is different” and “the Internet improves journalism” to sideswipes against the old media, such as “tradition is not a business model”.
The manifesto is causing a lot of interest and briefly took the site out at one stage. It’s pretty much an onslaught on old-school media and a reaction to German publishing heavyweights like Burda which is demanding a share of advertising revenues that search engines like Google make from trawling their content. Good luck with that.
Let us know what you think of the Manifesto’s arguments in the comments.