[E-media Tidbits](http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=31) is reporting that the [New York Times](http://www.nytimes.com) is [releasing an open-source document viewer](http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=31&aid=150665).
To be fully buzzword compliant it’s both built in [Ruby on Rails](http://www.rubyonrails.org/) and there’ll be [Amazon EC2 instances available](http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html?node=201590011). (Actually the EC2 instance is kind of a neat way to distribute software…)
While I’m sure this will set off a storm of journalists a-blogging’ about how awesome this is, and how much of a **public service** this will be I feel compelled to call bullshit on that.
Come on! In a world where I can [easily find](http://google.com) more [information](http://www.wikipedia.org/) [than I can ever possibly use](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattanhenge) does the public really need **more** access to **raw information**.
We’re [drowning](http://www.flickr.com/photos/certified/1272549006/) in information. What a great deal of users are looking for is context, analysis and filtering of that information.
To conclude I’ll drop in an entire appropriate, and completely gratuitous, [Jon Stewart clip](http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=184086&title=sarah-palin-gender-card) that exemplifies what I’d like to see more of from journalists: