Data Uber Alles, and the Triumph of TMZ

I wrote about the rise of TMZ last week in the context of Paris Hilton and Supernova, but TMZ continues its rocket-rise this week with a praise-filled profile of the the fast-rising entertainment news site in today’s NY Times.

The whole thing is worth reading, but the following is a key insight:

In some respects, TMZ, which first appeared in December 2005, represented a throwback to earlier journalism, when many reporters
relied on documents rather than arranged interviews to break news.

Right. In the world of the interweb’s pipes, where more information than ever is being exposed in myriad forms, there are huge opportunities for mining and repurposing the stuff, whether for TMZ-alikes, or the Smoking Gun, or elsewhere — like in business & finance :-)

[via NY Times]