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Re: [libreoffice-marketing] Re: [steering-discuss] Fwd: Thanks for the interview today



On 10 Jun 2011, at 12:22, Andrea Pescetti wrote:

Italo Vignoli wrote:
http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2077963/libreoffice-ready-commercial-distribution-months-document-foundation
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2077979/document-foundation-promises-enterprise-ready-libreoffice-august

It's great to see that the LibreOffice download size will be 30
MBytes... if only that was true! It must be an invariant that, however
accurate the information provided to them, journalists always manage to
get something wrong.

It's not just journalists. All human communications have that effect, hence the game "Chinese 
Whispers"[1]. That's why when I give a conference keynote I try to also publish my thoughts before 
or at the same time, so there can be no doubt what I think. It's also why reports of what others 
said or think should be treated as suspect (a concept described in English as "Hearsay"[2]) until 
there's a supporting source provided.

The lesson I have learned is that I should treat each error in an article where I am the source as 
my own failure to present the information in a way that was effective for the journalist.  On the 
other hand, as a journalist I always appreciate rapid, polite, factual and constructive corrections 
to my articles and apply them as soon as I can.

S.




[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_whispers
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearsay
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