Blogs


"In the conservative blog world, the very act of weighing evidence, or even presenting any, is suspect. The modus operandi is accue, accuse, accuse and see what sticks. BuzzMachine's Jeff Jarvis, who has become a self-styled evangelist for right-wing bloggers... declares, "We're all journalists... The only thing that made journalists journalists before was access to the guy who owned the press." That, of course, is nonsense. Journalists aspire to standards of fairness, accuracy and research that are not generally observed by Jarvis's pajama-clad army. What's more, good journalism takes time and often money. At a recent meeting of bloggers and journalists at Harvard, Jarvis reportedly became so incensed when New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson asked him if he knew how much it cost to operate a bureau in Iraq, the moderator had to ask everybody to behave" (Eric Alterman. "The Pajama Game." The Nation, Mar. 14, 2005: 10).


"Let me conclude with a comment about those pesky "blogs" that so bother the New York Times. We should stand and offer a moment of quiet gratitude to the electronic swarm of gadfly commentators who make is so much harder for the US media to ignore nrews not officially blessed. Yes, Judith Miller's breathless reports for the Times that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction may have maintained "access" for the mainstream press to its diet of White House propaganda, but the blogs insure that, whatever nonsense the US press is biting on, the public need not swallow" (Greg Palast. "From Downing Street To DC." Progressive Populist, July 15, 2005: 13).


"E-mail's conversion of casual conversation into writing--you chat with your fingers rather than try to organize your thoughts into words--is slowly phasing out writing as a formal mode of reflection, to the point that soon we won't expect writing to have irony or different levels of meaning any more than we expect casual conversation to have a meticulously crafted structure. The discipline of arduously thinking your way into words has given way to the indulgence of going on, and on, and on as a substitute for thinking" (Lee Siegel. "The Unexamined Life." The Nation, Sep. 5, 2005: 31-34).


Colby Glass, MLIS