DCrux, I really liked your response as well!
Wrong. For a video product on doing business in Vietnam, I contacted people who testify as experts before congress.
My cost? Three bucks in phone bills. That was before Skype, widespread email addresses, or voice over IP. Now your cost for doing the same thing today is pretty close to ZERO.
Are you trying to turn me into a journalist?! :eek: :lol:
You have a valid point. I guess asking other people's opinions and experiences - especially if they know what in the hell they are talking about - is a good angle! :lol:
But seriously, do you think computer and business experts and maybe even politicians at a state level would talk to little ol' me??? (And for free??) :-\
Maybe that was to a large degree the origins of my original post...
How else could a mere mortal like me - who doesn't work for the NY Times - get a scoop from other relevant people??
What we're really talking about is impoverished imagination and utter laziness -- Not Plagiarism. Any plagiarism or copyright infringement is merely a symptom.
You may be on to something.
I guess you had to be alive back in the era of Walter Cronkite and before to get a better appreciation for true journalism.
What the Washington press corps get -- complained about incessantly -- is canned “talking points.” In other words, rubbish. You can do a better job looking up and calling the people (non politicos) behind the event and ask more in-depth questions yourself.
For example, with Vietnam, there was nothing about the actual hard work of getting things accomplished -- what works, what doesn't. And given the U.S. was a laggard, there was a lot of experience from other countries already doing business there. People were talking about doing business in Vietnam like it was Minneapolis -- or Chinatown. ...and failing badly.
Okay, but you sound like a journalist or some important "Talking HEad" if you can get that info.
What about a peon like me??
Regurgitating talking points like a parrot gets you nothing but the reputation for being a parrot. Just like the well earned reputation of the Washington press corps.
Quite often even the guys with big wigs on their shows can't get a straight answer because the politico being interviewed is electioneering. The talking points they repeat don't even relate to the topic. And you want to put that in your own words?!
Well, I must say that I really enjoy reading some of the Op-Eds in the NY Times because the columnists take very common topic s and ideas and put a really unique spin/angle on things.
As for how, that's simplest of all. Pretend you're searching for porn (or LOLcats, or Bacon Shrines, Games you can hide on a work computer, or given the unsavory tendencies of the SitePoint crowd The Church of Google a.k.a SEObsessive Compulsive disorder), and then change the subject. If people applied one tenth the skills they've ammassed doing nonsensical things on the internet to actual real life issues, we'd be colonizing Mars right about now.
You sorta lost me there. (Must be a guy analogy?!) :-/
I guess you were saying that if I just roll up my sleeves and start talking with people "in the know" that they will open up and help me write more original and insightful pieces??
(BTW, I loved that "Church of Google" link!)
And as for developing leads and getting people to talk to you ....hello social networking faddism? ....HELLO?! Time to WORK. It's cute people use the things as an electric junk drawer for business cards; but c'mon.
Again, I'm not following you...
I personally HATE Social Media, but I do enjoy talking to people face-to-face and on the telephone.
Thanks for your comments!