MoDo discussed technology, the internet, and the future of journalism in an address down in Texas. And by gum, the gal made sense! For a while.
I'm not worried about blogs overtaking print journalism. If it weren't for print journalism, what would bloggers have to write about? I say, the more the merrier. Competition makes everyone sharper.
There is a bit of bad news for the folks marketing Times Select, as well as the folks marketing SpellCheck:
I'm such a technological creton, I can't even figure out how to get onto Times Select, and I've paid my $49.95 with my Mastercard. (Paying to read yourself: Priceless.)
But I like this:
But I'm an optimist about the future of journalism. Because, in the end, it isn't the form that matters. It's the function. It isn't the medium, it's the message.
And here's my message: From time immemorial, from the Roman Senate, which we're vividly reliving on HBO on Sunday nights, to Shakespeare's royal courts to Dick Cheney's House of Pain, power leads to abuse of power. Power, as you can see with King Lear and the Boy Emperor, W., makes people deaf. The pursuit of power, as you can see in MacBeth and with Paul Wolfowitz and the neocon cabal, makes people blind.
Democracy depends on us. It depends on our ability to be patriots, to fulfill the founding fathers vision of keeping a check on power. We can't leave it to male escorts, fake anchors and professional fawners. It doesn't matter how you tell the story — with hieroglyphics, with a royal typewriter, with an IBM think pad, with a cell phone, with a Blackberry, with a carrier pigeon.
Just tell the story.
The ellipses eliminate a vivid lefty fantasy world. Well, follow the link.