05 June 2007

Journalism's 21st Century Henry Ford?

A good conversation over at PressThink. Jay's struggling with an "out of control spam filter" that limits a commenter's ability to post a comment with links. I thought it worthwhile to post my comment here with the links included and tighten (however slightly) the web value of PressThink essays ...

I think "populism" is an important part of this comment conversation not to be overlooked. We're not looking for the "journalistic car" per se, but the 21st century version of the "journalistic Model T." Basically, a populist technology revolutionary like Ford for the daily (and weekly) print community. I agree with Mark and Paul's comments in this vein.

But the other cultural killer of journalism has been the anti-citizen "professional" journalism. The "citizen of the world", "view from nowhere", "we don't vote on principle" [UPDATE: or attend concerts], "divisible from the public", "rainbow group think" monoculture.

I thought that was the most overlooked aspect of the Blitzer/Lynne Cheney exchange from October 2006:

BLITZER: The answer of course is we want the United States to win. We are Americans. There's no doubt about that. Do you think we want terrorists to win.

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