The insperation for this comes from a text file from Cult of the Dead Cow. The basic idea is this: Think of a farmer who raises cows. At some point, the farmer slaughters the cows, so you have a dead cow. The farmer then sends it to somebody who cuts up the dead cow into nice, pretty peices, places them on store shelves, and then somebody else comes along and cooks the meat, adds some spices, and serves. The steak you eat at the dinner table bears little resemblence to the orginal dead cow.
The dead cow is like an orginal idea. It may not be pretty, or look very appitizing. Eventualy, somebody takes that idea, puts their own spin on it, their own bias. Then the editors get a hold of it, cut out a section here, add a little there. Then they serve the idea up for public digestion. Steak ready to be served. The story you see on CNN may look nothing like the orginal ideas presented to the journalists involved.
There are lots of independent media outlets, but that is still not a dead cow. Even independent journals have some bias. The only good place to get a dead cow on television is CSPAN, which streams to you the raw, unedited versions of speaches and events, often live. No bias, no spin, just facts.
Here, though, we have a real problem of "hypermedia" (also called "information overload"). When information is gushing at you like a firehose into a teacup, how do you distill the gems from the crap? This is not to be taken lightly. It has been estimated that a weekday edition of the New York Times contains more information then a person living in 17th century England was likely to come accross in a lifetime. Additionaly, Information Overload has been known to stress, burn out, and even physical illness.
Having more dead cow ideas around can only cause more information overload. After all, reading about "cyberwoozles" is a lot easier to put your brain around then reading Honeynet project whitepapers. When dealing with dead cows, you are bound to run into a lot of unconfirmed rumors. There are ways of dealing with information overload, including time management and relevence filtering, but it's really a problem that needs to be solved over time as you get used to having a lot of information being pushed at you. For myself, I don't mind that Slashdot spreads silly rumors, because I can use my brain to filter those parts out.
It would be great if we could all listen in on every demostration, every senate sub-sub-sub commite meeting, all the police traffic on the radio scanner. Obviously, this is not feasible. But not making the effort at all should be considered an outrage.