Just recently, Jason rejected a request of Wired to interview him by phone. Calacanis has reasons to reject phone-interview. He don’t want to be misinterpreted by other writers.
Frankly, you need to adapt. Journalists have misquoted people for so long–and quoted them out of context that many people like to have their words on record.
I don’t want someone taking half a sentence or paraphrasing me…
Newsome pointed out that interview like this is much important for a blogger like Calacanis or anyone:
You are a blogger for crying out loud. You are some guy who’s current claim to fame is that you write an online diary and have some other friends who write online diaries too.
In other words, you need them much, much more than they need you.
They get interviews from people a lot busier, richer and more famous than you all the time. If you won’t accommodate them, they’ll just move on. Or maybe embarrass you and then move on.
But of course, Calacanis knows that. It just happens that he don’t need them anymore. Maybe I need them or you need them, but Calacanis can live without them:
Besides I have 10,000 people come to my blog every day–i don’t need wired to talk to the tech industry.
Maybe Jason thinks that it’s the Wired that needs him. So, rejecting interviews like that will never affects Jason’s popularity.
From the discussions throughout the blogosphere, I got this note:
Why phone interview is much better compared to email interview?
- Technovia: phone interviews give you more opportunity to make the interview come alive. You can deviate from your original angle if something interesting comes up. If someone’s being evasive, you can press them.
- J. Botter: you catch a lot of tonal voice inflections when talking to someone that you’d otherwise miss when you’re reading an email.
- (Valleywag has more points to read)
Why email interview is much better than email interview?
- Mark Evans: e-mail is a better tool than a phone call because you can take your time to answer questions and you have a record of what exactly you said. If your quotes are misinterpreted or misconstrued, you have a way to go right back at the journalist.