Tuesday, September 14, 2004

"A Robust Intellectual Marketplace" 
James Pinkerton weighs in:

Sept. 9, 2004, will be remembered as a paradigm-shifting day in media history. That was the day the "blogosphere" took down CBS News.

Well, not quite. CBS News took down CBS News. It wasn't bloggers. It was hubris. It was arrogance. It was bullheadedness. It was immaturity. It was stupidity. It was a hailstorm of holier-than-thou.

Bloggers have already forced untold corrections in the New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, and almost every other paper you can imagine.

The difference here, though, is someone at each of these papers is at least trying to get things right.

There's no evidence thus far of any such person at CBS News.

Pinkerton's kicker, by the way, is masterful:

But if the bloggers have power, it's because they form a robust intellectual marketplace, in which assertions must prove themselves before a jury of cyber-peers. In the words of James T. Smith, of critical-thinker.blogspot.com, "The blogosphere is the people." To be sure, the marketplace can make mistakes, but on the whole, like democracy itself, the more folks participating, the better the functioning.

But this democratization of the media is bad news - for those who liked it the old way, the top-down way.

Splash, out


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