John on December 28, 2005 at 9:59 pm
These effete and often clever baby “bloggies” are rich in time and toys, but bereft of adult supervision. Spoiled and undisciplined, they have grabbed the mike and seized the stage, a privilege granted not by years in the trenches, but by virtue of a three-pronged plug and the miracle of WiFi.
She goes on to compare the blogosphere to the island in Golding’s Lord of the Flies. I think there’s some truth to what she says about the Gothcha! nature of blogging. A lot of blogs do behave like pirahna waiting for an unwary MSM wildebeast to trip into the river. But there’s a lot more going on than that.
Parker says that bloggers play games to elevate one another. The view she seems to have is that all the jostling is accomplishing nothing but “snark, sass and destruction.” By contrast, Ms. Parker’s ideal is the journalistic aristocracy we know as the MSM. Sure they blow it at times, she admits, but at least they’re civil.
Perhaps in a perfect world an aristocracy of information would be best, but I think those of us on the right side of the aisle have noticed over the years that when it comes to journalism this is not a perfect world. And in fact, the “civility” she prizes seems to favor a certain type of Ivy educated, blue state snob. The result is that the stories on the front pages seem always to run in one direction. Kathleen Parker seems to think we should just get used to that.
I say, if “the peasants are revolting”…it’s about time.
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