BLOGGERS ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM September 17, 2006Posted by wmmbb in Blogging in general.
Ian Buruma reviews Frank Rich’s book,THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD – the Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to Katrina. Frank Rich is a columnist and op-ed writer for The New York Times. Here is what he wrote, and as with any quote it deserves to be read in context:
Intimidation is only part of the story, however. The changing nature of gathering and publishing information has made mainstream journalists unusually defensive. That more people than ever are now able to express their views, on radio shows and Web sites, is perhaps a form of democracy, but it has undermined the authority of editors, whose expertise was meant to act as a filter against nonsense or prejudice. And the deliberate confusion, on television, of news and entertainment has done further damage.
There is more to Ian Burumas review of Frank Rich’s book. Still I think anybody who reviews blogs cannot help but notice the uneven quality, and I am not making any claims for this one, if anything the contrary. However, I point out on this and most blogs, contrary views can be expressed. The fact that they do not happen here much is an indication that there are few readers.