Thursday, December 21, 2006


" Then he challenged me to sum up why reporters should blog. I said it is to bring back the humanity of journalism; to restore the credibility we thought we protected but in fact lost when we insisted that we could and should be objective; to break down the wall we built separating ourselves as journalists from the members of the public we serve; and to join the conversation that is happening without us."

There are plenty of people in journalism who have neither got what they like nor quite grown to like what they get.
They write pieces they do not much enjoy writing, for papers they totally despise.
That in my opinion is where blogging comes into the picture..
The blogging-journalist is partly in the entertainment business and partly in the advertisement business.
Advertising either goods or a cause, or a government.
He just has to make up his mind whom he wants to entertain and what he wants to advertise.
The hypocrisy of the Press begins when newspapers pretend to be "impartial" or "servants of the public".
This only becomes dangerous as well as laughable when the public is fool enough to believe it, which is very often the case.
Blogging spares the journalist the need to be a slave of hypocrisy, since it spares him the need to make money out of it.

With supreme control of TV in the power either of multi-billionaires or a State Corporation, and the control of fewer and fewer newspapers being concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, the brain-washing of the public has increased, is going to go on increasing forever, and cannot be diminished.
But it seems to me probable that the ingenious part of the human race still has some surprising cards up its sleeves.

Those who find it hard to imagine that the big are not going to go on and on getting bigger, and the small smaller, and more helpless, that we are condemned, infact, to the "dull calamity" of a continous increasing uniformity, understimate the technical capacities of man.
In terms of "real money" of comparative purchasing power as distinct from the nominal cost in inflated or depreciated currency, a good car today is dirt cheap.

Similarly it is certain that in the near future technicians will find the way to produce cheaper and cheaper hardware.
The "revolutionary change" which may be nearer than most people suppose, consists simply in the technical possibility of a reversal of past trends in the control of the "mass media", the opening of opportunities for minorities to express their opinions, to show their capabilities.

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