One of the things that bugs me about traditional media is that they allude to source documents, like emails, but don’t just give you the full text. It’s so inside baseball, and it drives raw data fans like me nuts. A nice thing about the blog-o-sphere is that source documents now show up so quickly.
Case in point: The “Internet Services wars” memos from Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie alluded to in late-day stories in the WSJ, N.Y. Times, and elsewhere tonight. While journalists have read them, they don’t provide them for the rest of us. It didn’t take long for them to show up online though, so there they are (courtesy of Dave Winer):
Two quick closing points: First, while both are worth reading, the Ozzie memo is the key one. Second, does anyone really believe that these memos were not written with full knowledge that would be spread everywhere? I don’t.