Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Brummett Goes After New Media


John Brummett does not like the new media, with its decentralization and emphasis on free choice. He prefers the good old days where if people wanted to know what they were supposed to care about the only option was to pick up a newspaper. There they could read about only what he and his elite group of co-conspirators wanted them to know.

This time though, Brummett is not lashing out at his usual helpless victim, but at a TV reporter with a platform of her own to answer him back. Kristin Fisher is a channel seven news reporter who answered him on her own blog.

No matter. The internet genie cannot be put back in the bottle. Technology is here to stay, and the old media is going to have to be able to defend its story selection, claims, biases, and intellectual premises. This time we live in can be a wonderful day for the furthering of mankind's knowledge and understanding. We have only to overthrow the old gatekeepers who have tried to hold us back. And we do that simply by continuing to do what we do- and what they do, better and faster than they do it.

John Brummett has harsh words for Fisher and many others over the years. T-Rex was once King, but the King is dead. Brummett is just a media dinosaur shaking his fist angrily and impotently at the approaching asteroid.

In a grudging nod to the new media, the word is that Brummett is going to have another go at his own blog. There is more than one definition of "blog", but I think most would agree that it is not a full blog if it does not allow readers to respond to the content of the blog host. Brummett did not have the moral courage for that last time he tried a blog and I doubt he has gotten it since then. We will see.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone knows that the newspaper is a holdout on the endangered species list. I'd like to see the percentage of newspaper reporters whose resumes are up-to-date, because I'm sure that it's an unusually high number compared to other professions.

The good news is that the propaganda arm of the establishment has finally been cornered. The bad news is that it's only a matter of time before the temporary experiment of alternative media is effectively ended.

7:41 AM, December 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I was disappointed when his last blog died off in August 2007."

"I too am a trained news hound... but this dog can still learn new tricks. "

Ha ha! Ouch, John-- that's gotta hurt!

8:19 AM, December 02, 2008  

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