The Columbia Journalism review recently ran an article on the transformation of modern journalism. The whole thing is worth reading but this excerpt popped into my mind today:
when the Internet forced journalism to compete economically after years of monopoly, journalism panicked and adopted some of the worst examples of the nothing-based economy, in which success depends on the continued infantilization of both supply and demand.
Housing has become a competition, let us see who can have the biggest house, cause if you have the biggest house you are the biggest man. Interestingly Hotchin is short. Why do we think like that? Here is a quick straw pole for you to run in your work place, ask the women, “when choosing a man, what do you pick big heart, big house or big …?”
Well in most groups when I run this politically incorrect survey the house wins by a country mile. So it is the woman’s fault, they want the man that can provide the best for them and his kids.
You can find lots of non-MSM bloggers that are just as infantile, half-witted and confused as Sheppard – but you can also find real constitutional lawyers talking about controversial new legislation that you simply cannot find any discussion of in the mainstream media. Of course an MSM blog needs to be palatable to a mainstream audience – but Sheppard’s writing is – frankly – terrible and some of his advice is even worse. This does seem to be a case in which a mainstream media outlet has bafflingly replicated the worst qualities of the blogosphere for no apparent reason.