Wikileaks, in contrast, is anarchistic journalism. Wikileaks takes the approach of just dumping on the web the actual documents for the rest of us to dig around in. One shot and they are done, which isn’t journalism but IS news. In one sense this is very generous in that anyone with time on their hands can probably dig through that material and find an untold story or two, but from the perspective of a professional journalist it is squandering material for the sake of spectacle.
The newspapers would clearly have preferred to milk the Wikileaks material for Pulitzer Prizes, possibly trading the withholding of a story or two in exchange for getting an exclusive from the White House on something else. It happens all the time. But Wikileaks, the emerging and very scary face of news on the Internet, wouldn’t do it that way.
I get the feeling that a mantle of sorts has been passed.