Relevant to the post Which aggregator is better? Paulick Report or Equidaily?, there’s a real-time, bench-clearing brawl taking place at Paulick Report now that highlights one difference between the two aggregators and distinguishes the attributes of new media vs. printed matter.
Bill Farish, general manager of Lane’s End, has submitted another editorial to the media on the need for slots at Kentucky’s tracks. The editorial also appeared yesterday in print in Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN), a daily that’s disseminated both electronically and by fax. The electronic version is delivered in PDF format and doesn’t allow for interactivity. The editorial — an important piece that’s relevant to the future of Kentucky’s breeding and racing industry — isn’t on Equidaily at all, as far as I can tell (although I didn’t scan each news link line by line; after a vain attempt, I got dizzy staring at black line after line! I did page search for “Farish” but nothing came up.).
The Paulick Report, then, has trumped its fellow aggregator with this piece, and its format for allowing real-time feedback from readers — even I’ve made two comments this morning — adds to the discussion in ways that printed publications like TDN can’t. Interestingly, The Blood-Horse, which has an online forum to exploit discussions with readers, has instead published it as a story that doesn’t allow for comments. The magazine, however, did publish Mr. Farish’s first editorial in its entirety, but again without giving its readers the ability to comment. How weird is this for a publication that pats itself on the back for being a leader in new media development and has numerous blogs that get hundreds of comments a day in aggregate?
It’s exactly these holes in the media — new and old — that Ray Paulick and Brad Cummings have exploited with the Paulick Report.
Now, back to the brawl — click here to read — that features the pro-slots Mr. Farish vs. the anti-slots “Mainstream Kentucky,” who’s also had some say on the “practices” of Kentucky horsemen as well. Such luminaries as Rob Whiteley (Liberation Farm) and John Greathouse (Glencrest Farm) have made comments, as has my former collegue and fellow blogger Frank Mitchell, a writer of note whose excellent blog entries — for whatever reasons; maybe Ray doesn’t like him? — have never made the featured listings of Paulick Report. (Memo to Frank: Speak to Glenn Craven at Fugue for Tinhorns about that!)