August 27th, 2008

Heidi OwlCat Glare

Monks Complain About Gutenberg Again

Traditional-media grumblings about how the Internet spreads misinformation, social fragmentation, and other forms of consternation are nothing new. Occasionally, the underlying motivations (resentment at losing profits and gatekeeper power) peek out.

This Sunday's (24 Aug 2008) Washington Post included a remarkably (true by definition, inasmuch as I felt moved to remark on it) blatant example: "If Everyone's Talking, Who Will Listen?" (or, as translated by my personal Obfustcation-to-Honesty filter, "If Other People Get To Talk, Who'll Listen To Me?").

(This opinion piece is so over-the-top that I worry a bit that I may be taking a "Modest Proposal" literally. Meh. It wouldn't be the first time I've made a fool of myself. Anyhoo....)

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