Wednesday, September 15, 2004

 

Death cry of snob journalism

I love this quote from Michell Malkin (which can be found here):

"As for Klein, his pajama put-down will go down in media history as the death cry of snob journalism."

Klein's quote, that a blogger is a "guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing" seems not just arrogant and snobbish but, how to put this... oh, so 1990's. Klein is clearly a believer that we can only trust those who have titles and credentials and who show up to work wearing suits. This attitude was ingrained in our parents' generation ("respect authority") but, for better or for worse, our generation and gen-X have evolved as meritocracies. We respect those who earn our respect through hard work and critical thinking, and pity those who demand it and think they deserve it because they hold some authoritative position.

The idea that information needs to be dispensed from an authority is not just ludicrous but scary in an Orwellian sort of way. And that's what Klein is grasping at. The web/Google phenomenon has washed such notions away.


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