Power And Responsibility Of The Media

I have been following the issues surrounding the Think3 acquisition by some entity that is yet to be determined. Versata has gone on record to state that they have not acquired Think3 (although their financial advisers think otherwise), which is the reason I have taken down my previous blog post announcing that they did. I do not want to host factually incorrect information on this blog. What I also do not want to host is tirades against Think3, Versata or any other company or their management. I just deleted a comment calling a certain Versata executive an assassin. The other day I deleted a comment asking Think3 customers to run away to their competitors. Such kind of talk does not do any good. If you wish to vent out your anger I suggest you do it properly and decently. Or take it elsewhere.

If you have information that you would like to share publicly and are able to publicly defend it leave it in a comment here. If you want to share  it privately with me send an email to deelip (at) sycode (dot) com and we can take the discussion offline. And this is very important. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. I do not want you to violate any agreement that you may have signed. Neither do I consider it wise or ethical for you to do so. If you think injustice has been done to you there are other ways to fix that problem. Violating agreements is not one of them.

I understand that moving the courts may not be the most appealing option, especially if you are up against a huge corporation in a different country. You may be tempted to take the easier route and bash the company in the public using the media. Yesterday I deleted a comment that contained the sentence “Lets use the power of media and thrash Versata royally…“, to which I replied:

Care should be taken to use the power of the media properly. If nobody from Think3 India is ready to go on record with their accusations, provide proof and take responsibility for their statements then I really don’t see the point in leaving comments like these.

Don’t get me wrong. If injustice has been done then its the job of the media to highlight it. But please note that the media can be a powerful tool and should be used responsibly and correctly.

And speaking of the media, I am a bit surprised that I seem to be the only one in the CAD media who thinks that there is something fishy about the Think3 acquisition. The deafening silence from the rest of the CAD media on this issue is killing me. I guess they are more interested in spending their time converting press kits supplied by CAD vendors into “in-depth reviews”.

  • I never heard of Think3 or Versata….and I guess a lot of other CAD users/managers don’t. It’s cool that you give there employee’s a platform to let off some steam.
    But I think the reality is that most readers don’t know/care about Think3.

    • Seems to me that you are suggesting the media should cover the industry in proportion to each company’s market share or advertising budget. Congratulations! That’s seems to be exactly what they are doing.

      • No I am not saying what you should do, it is great to give them a platform. Just saying what I think how the majority thinks about this kind of problems. (as sad as it is..)

        And remember now your abligated to do this for all CAD related companies that turn evil 😉

      • No I am not saying what you should do, it is great to give them a platform. Just saying what I think how the majority thinks about this kind of problems. (as sad as it is..)

        And remember now your abligated to do this for all CAD related companies that turn evil 😉

    • Shyam

      In this global trade system it does not matter big or small, heard about it not heard about etc. A lie is a lie, whether told towards a small set of customers of big ones. The Media should hilight them. What happens to a set of unknown people today in Think3 may happen to you another day, unless the loop holes in global trade are plugged. And I think it is media’s responsibility.

  • “Market share or advertising budget” Seriously? you’re dragging that one out? the fact that you’ve already pointed out that no-one from Think3 is prepared to go on the record, the fact that it’s a story based on rumblings from former employees should tell you something isn’t right about this whole story. They’re trying to get you to be their mouth piece and it’s worked so far.

    So, at present, you’ve got one side of a story Deelip, and you know what that is? Half a story and I wouldn’t run half a story about Think3 or any other vendor. Don’t bring out the “market share or advertising budget” line.

    That’s complete horse-shit and you know it.

    Al

    • Shyam

      So, when does a story becomes complete? Start with something investigate and try to get to the bottom. I don’t think Deelip is trying to be the mouthpiece of some one else. I think he is much smarter than that. He has smelled something fishy and is asking questions which need answers. Once answered factually the story is complete ain’t it? Have you watched The Insider?

    • Ah! Please allow me to share some of my unconventional wisdom with you.

      This is how it works. Something happens. Media tries to get both sides of the story. One party tells their side and the other party doesn’t. Why? Because they don’t want the whole story told in the first place. So media says “Ah! But we don’t have both sides of the story. So we shut up as well.” Media just became the other party’s mouthpiece. A mouthpiece called “silence”.

      You make it sound as if I haven’t bothered to get the other side of the story. I can’t cook it up for them, you know. They need to tell it to me, which they finally did the other day by clarifying that Versata never acquired Think3. I blogged about the acquisition a long time ago. They never took exception to it then and were quite happy to let the world believe that Versata had acquired Think3. Now because the Think3 India employees are taking them to court, they are taking the trouble of straightening out the facts.

      Bottom line, if you sit tight and wait for both sides to tell their sides of the story, you will most probably end up writing nothing, which is precisely what one of the parties wants you to do.

      • So what is the story here? That a company that’s hidden away as part of the Versata group bought or didn’t buy think3? That the Indian employees, as employees do every day of the year, year in, year out, got shafted? That’s unfortunate, but that’s a private concern between the employees, their new employers and I suspect the courts, and I wish them the very best of luck if they’ve been treated unfairly.

        From my perspective, being a publisher in the UK, we have a very draconian set of liable, slander and defamation laws that could see us tied up in knots in court for years, probably strip away anything we had left and leave myself and our employees on the dole queue. Personally speaking, I don’t think that’s worth the risk for us, and yes, that’s a personal and probably selfish decision and while one that might not fit in with your idea of what the media’s role is, I’m settled in making it.

        If, what comes out of this, is that customers that are paying monies to invest in Think3 as their design system of choice are going to get ripped off, receive less of a service as a result of these actions, then I’ll happily report on it. But that’s not become apparent other than through speculation and a crap lot of assumption by many parties.

        Al

        • Shyam

          True, laws are different in different countries. Should’nt the customers and the world need to know what happened? If not for Deelip’s effort, we all will be happily thinking Versata bought Think3 while they have gone on record they did nt. Then who bought it? And Think3 seems to have offices in Italy, India, China, France, Japan…. What happened to all of them? Could’nt this be of importance to all those geographies and not just India? And could’nt it be that the those people are shit scared of the same legal system that is supposed to be protecting them? And since when asking uncomfortable questions amount to slander?

        • Shyam

          True, laws are different in different countries. Should’nt the customers and the world need to know what happened? If not for Deelip’s effort, we all will be happily thinking Versata bought Think3 while they have gone on record they did nt. Then who bought it? And Think3 seems to have offices in Italy, India, China, France, Japan…. What happened to all of them? Could’nt this be of importance to all those geographies and not just India? And could’nt it be that the those people are shit scared of the same legal system that is supposed to be protecting them? And since when asking uncomfortable questions amount to slander?

      • Thomas

        You’re not “media.”

        You’re a company blogger, who has figured out that by writing a lot of articles, you can sell more products. And get invited to press events, where you can make friends by doing softball interviews with executives from companies you have business relationships with.

        You offering “wisdom” to a professional journalist like Al Dean is laughable.

        Rather than pretending you actually know anything about media ethics, possibly you ought to buy a book or take a course on the subject. Or, if you don’t have time, just take 5 minutes to read about it in Wikipedia.

        • Exactly which part of “social media” do you not understand? Is is “social” or “media” or both? 😉

          • Kiran Kumar

            Guys lets not take it personal and divert, finish it here. I appreciate efforts of both Deelip for initiating the article or think3 acquisition and Al Dean for pushing Deelip to add more content from the missing direction, but it is understood that Deelip is not being shared information from Versata direction.

            He is certainly not biased to think3 Indians, as he himself removed the comments added by indians and warning them. Thomas read the article first and then point your finger on Deelip. He was warning some of the Indian commenter, not supporting them. Al Dean is wrong here, in calling Deelip onesided, just because he is professional journalist, dont support him blindly.

            Lets not get our egos into this, focus on adding any missing information or correcting details given by Deelip if something is not correct.

        • for the record, I’m not a journalist. i’m a writer and publisher. never claimed otherwise.

  • William Pelletier

    Deelip, this is the second time I have seen you attacked by the ‘professional CAD media’ for reporting a story. (The first time I saw this was when some members of the same ‘professional CAD media’ attacked you for actually having the nerve to print ‘uncensored’ comments that Paul Grayson made in an interview with you regarding CAD media.) I just wanted to say that I believe there is more real news in your blog than there is in a thousand glossy ‘CAD news’ magazines. Keep following your heart, Deelip, and take what these ‘professional CAD journalists’ say with a large grain of salt.

    • William

      I don’t believe i attacked Deelip and I’m pretty sure Deelip hasn’t taken it that way. What I wanted to point out is that there are reasons that the “professional media” won’t cover a story like this. Deelip has the benefit that he’s not a professional (though that’s debatable these days, what constitutes a professional journalist), he has the ability to cover what he wants, in the manner he sees fit. I just wanted to point out its no use railing against the ‘traditional media’ for not covering the story and for once I stood up and explained why.

      Al

      • Al, I completely understand where you are coming from. Like a number of other things, we just have different opinions on this issue, which is perfectly all right.

        Contrary to what Thomas (above) thinks, this is is not a company blog. I don’t only write about my company on this blog. I cover the entire CAD industry. I sell ad space and make money off it. I am never invited to any conference as Founder & CEO of SYCODE, but as Blogger at Deelip.com. I get total media access. So does that make me part of the professional media? I don’t know and frankly, I don’t care.

        What I do know is that there is something called social media and this blog and I are very much a part of it.

        Looking forward to catching up with you in Las Vegas, chief. 😉

    • William, I really can’t take all that praise from you without conceding that I have my own interests to serve as well. That being said, I really enjoy writing this blog and getting to know people I get to know because of it. As you can imagine I put a lot of time and energy into this blog. I’m glad that you like it.

      • William Pelletier

        I get virtually all of my CAD news from this blog, Matt Lombard’s ‘DezignStuff’ blog, and Ralph Grabowski’s ‘WorldCAD Access’ blog and newsletter. Sometimes the three of you do not see eye-to-eye, but I get the impression that the three of you are also not afraid to speak your minds, and discuss CAD industry issues openly and honestly. I believe between the three of you, I can get all the CAD news I need.

  • Lee

    The old adage: when you throw mud on someone you loose soil and your hands get dirty.
    As Kiran says, let’s get to the fact of the matter, It would be nice if Thomas and Al Dean also find out what is the missing link or in other words FACTS.
    Looks like the think3/ versata matter is getting interesting.

  • Following this thread has been interesting for a number of reasons. In particular it was Deelip’s comment about the silence of the ‘CAD media’. As can be seen there are a number of reason why others may chose not to comment or take up a run with a ‘story’ and, some of those reason have been outlined.
    The reason why ‘bloggers’ do what they do are also quite varied. Press have always wielded their ‘power’ for their own reasons; sometimes for their benefit and on other occasions for mutual benefit which may include their ‘customers/readers’.
    Bloggers and the ability to blog have brought a new/unique ability (as distinct to perspective) and Deelip has made considerable use of this ability for our benefit and interest.
    However, I will say this; I personally feel ALL the CAD press fail when it comes to taking on controversial industry topics. The reasons are many but in the main it is simply a failure to be courageous. Spot something that is ‘not right’, comment for sure. As a blogger make your views – and the topic known – but ask no questions and provide no forum for discussion. You will have made your point. The recipient/target of the comment may pick up your point(s) and that should be the end. I think Deelip has in part done this – except for the last paragraph.
    It is plain Deelip wants to know more, it is plain he has made an effort to discover more, however to ‘needle’ at others silence is to change the focus.
    For exactly the reasons Al Dean has detailed for the ‘press’ being (understandably) cautious bloggers are – in part – blessed with greater freedom; and for the good of the industry should take advantage. I have done this and have proven, beyond doubt, a particular problem exists. The reason I have made little traction is because it has been left to me and me alone. Having been presented with an opportunity, not only have the CAD press failed to do what they should have done a long time ago, users have failed in their obligation as well. Further more, it goes without saying if users are not interested in helping themselves, why should the ‘CAD press’ bother?
    The Think3 situation is very unfortunate for those involved and, having been in a similar situation, wish them all the best but if those arguing on Deelips blog want to help these guys and possibly users of Think3 products, don’t argue whose right or wrong. Pick up a phone or write emails to those who have, and are making, the decisions regarding Think3’s fate and bring ‘market’ pressure to bear. We all know the power available few have the courage to use it; don’t leave it and wait for ‘someone’ else – do something yourself – Deelip started this, now who is going to finish it?

  • Shyamalroy

    For whatever it is worth – after being 40 years in the industry – Develop 3D is the only magazine I read and Deelip’s blog is the only thing I read on a regular basis.

    Al is is superb when he goes deep into a product and gives his highly knowledgable views.

    Deelip goes beyond the grain to get an insight on what is going on in the industry.

    CAD company budgets – who the F really cares!!!!

    Keep it up guys.