Thursday, May 04, 2006

Blogging = Talkies

I don't much abide with blog triumphalism. There is nothing in the blog form that makes people who practice it inherently superior to practicioners of other forms of communication.

But, having said that, I agree with Greg Sargent and Jane Hamsher that what we are seeing in the recent spate of tut-tuts from establishment media figures, like Joe Klein, over the "cesspool" that is the blogosphere is primarily the realization on their part that they are facing serious competition from a whole group of fresh faces who "don't play by the rules".

Like the silent film stars of old whose careers were destroyed by the advent of movies with sound, today's establishment pundits and journalists are seriously worried that blogging represents an existential threat to their livlyhood.

They have good reason to be worried. And, for most of them, they have no one to blame but themselves.

2 Comments:

Blogger carla said...

I don't much abide with blog triumphalism. There is nothing in the blog form that makes people who practice it inherently superior to practicioners of other forms of communication.

Well--there goes my "superiority complex". And I was so looking forward to rubbing Joe Klein in the face with it.

ah well. :)

6:31 PM  
Blogger Humbug said...

Most of the mainstream media has great advantages over bloggers:

1) Reputation of integrity
2) Tremendous research resources
3) Tremendous audience

The only real advantage blogger have is a lack of bureaucratic hierarchy. They can both share the advantage of the cheaper distribution medium.

If MSM want's to succeed, they have only to actually use 1&2 to improve 3 rather than gut 1&2 for the sake of a common denominator mentality to build 3 at any expense.

Why would I believe some random blogger when I could instead believe a national newspaper with integrity and huge research resources? Because the MSM has thrown their integrity out the window along with their research.

4:10 PM  

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