Jeff Jarvis points us to video from a panel he was on at the Online Publishers Association conference in London last week that presents yet another case of “vs. thinking.” I’m as tired as Jeff of the “newspapers vs. bloggers” debate, yet the hand-wringing keeps coming up in conference after conference. The newspapers (“We brought down Nixon!”) and the bloggers (“We brought down Dan Rather!”) need to stop seeing this as a vs. argument. Jarvis put it well in response to an audience member’s point that newspapers do the legwork and bloggers only comment: “All I can say is that I look forward to a conference where we don’t have this argument and we talk about the possibilities of what we can do together.”
Talkback: Amy Gahran at Poynter highlights this article and is joining the “Vs. Thinking Watch.” Let’s make this open source. Amy and I invite everyone to send us examples of Vs. Thinking or highlight them on your own blog. Vs. Thinking is lazy and counterproductive. It’s too easy for conference planners. Let’s come up with “Together Thinking” instead.