Life on the Social Web
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil ....until Tuesday
Some of my colleagues blogging here at SHRM have expressed frustration over a new embargo placed on a couple of stories by SHRM.
What is a news embargo? A news embargo or press embargo is a request by a news source that information provided by that source will not be published until a certain date or certain conditions have been met. The understanding is that if the embargo is broken by reporting before then, the source will retaliate by restricting access to further information by that writer.
Embargoes are typically used to permit advance stories to be prepared and released in a coordinated effort with the general release of the news.
This works pretty well in traditional media like newspapers.
For bloggers, it is frustrating to be sitting on news you could be writing about right away.
It is yet another example of ways in which the immediacy of the social web creates a disruptive conflict for tactics of traditional media.
It seems that just as the law often fails to keep up with technological changes, traditional media tactics aren't keeping up with the ability and desire to create content on the web immediately.
What do you think?
Should news being shared with bloggers be embargoed?