I really, really, really hate everything that is happening in the field of journalism.
1.) First of all, with maybe 3 quarters of class, pretty much anyone can be a journalist. It’s hard to be a good one, but there is a reason that journalists earn less money than most teachers.
2.) It’s hard to find a good writer.
3.) It’s even hard to find a good writer who is also a good reporter. It’s like tits and ass: You normally have one or the other. Rare is the bird who has both.
4.) Ever since the printing press was invented, people have disagreed with what they’ve seen spelled out in the news. This conversation normally takes place on porches or over the phone or on the Town Square or some shit. Maybe the water cooler.
5.) Blogs are invented. Suddenly, there is this overwhelming sense that news should notbe “one-sided.” Suddenly, it’s elitist or presumptuous to deliver the news and go away. It’s part of an “old model of thinking that’s failing.” I’d argue that paper is expensive and advertising is cheaper online, but whatever. There is this sense, through “social media” that it has to be a “conversation.”
6.) That is retarded
7.) Here is the kind of crap I am talking about. Social media creates a many-to-many relationship and encourages participation, whereas the traditional media relationship is based on a one-to-many, producer-consumer model.
8.) I’m sure some a-hole Live-Tweeted this panel conversation.
9.) That is what is happening everywhere. And it will survive, because people like to feel like their opinions help shape something. Anything that encourages narcissism will succeed. (Please see theteet.com as an example)
8.) Never, ever EVER in my life have I logged on to the New York Times and thought, “Hey, my opinion on the stimulus package matters.” Oh my god. No. I go to that site to figure out what the stimulus package means in the first place. I NEVER think, “this story would have been enriched if the reporter would have consulted me.”
9.) This is because we live in a society where people called “reporters” are paid to research shit and report back to us. That’s their job. Which is nice for me, because I’m busy. I have shit to do. I appreciate how they are condensing information for me.
10.) I’m not saying “go away, amateurs.” I’m just saying that you should not be folded into news coverage. And that it’s no more ellitist to write a news story than it is to repair a carborator or construct a $5 footlong. It’s just doing a job.
11.) Journalists think they are more important than they are. But the ego of the journalist will never rival that of the Twitterer. What is up with those people, anyway?
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