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I wonder about media leakers - Mark Atwood — LiveJournal
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I wonder about media leakers
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cinema_babe From: cinema_babe Date: June 8th, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are a few reasons that encompasses most of these

(a) Money: One of my college roommates interned one summer at a famous tabloid. What she found is that there are a lot of people near the bottom of the corporate social ladder who know enough to pass on some half info for a few thousand bucks.This might be delivery people, doormen, secretaries, people who work in mailrooms, baristas and counterpeople; you would be amazed at who sees what kind of sellable information in society.3K tax free might not be a lot for a media outlet but it's a lot if you're making 27K.

(b)Intentional leaks: Some orgs leak things themselves to embarrass people involved, damage contracts or contract negotiations, to gauge public reaction, to beat others to the punch, or to generate "buzz"

(c)Revenge: nuff' said about that one

(d)Attention and/or power: If you come to rely on me as a source that puts me in a powerful position. I am the gatekeeper of what information you get. If the need arises, I might be able to ask you for something at a later time. Social Network analysts might label you a bridge (only one component in the network might not know that a bridge between the and an outside organization exists). There's also the personal thrill some people get when they see the fruit from the seeds they tossed in the field.

Yeah, I don't spend too much time studying human behavior....
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