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4 July 2010 at 3:14:27 PM
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AND Andrew Sullivan on blogging

There is something about blogging's freedom from the constraints of conventional journalism that captures an American ideal: civic engagement totally free of anyone else's influence. It is an ideal of a fourth estate hostile to authorities public and private, suspicious of conventional wisdom, and, above all, confident, even when confidence seems absurd, in the power of the word and the argument to make a difference ... in the end. The rise of this type of citizen journalism has, in my view, increasingly exposed some of the laziness and corruption in the professional version - even as there is still a huge amount to treasure and value in the legacy media, and a huge amount of partisan, mendacious claptrap on the blogs.

But what distinguishes the best of the new media is what could still be recaptured by the old: the mischievous spirit of journalism and free, unfettered inquiry. Journalism has gotten too pompous, too affluent, too self-loving, and too entwined with the establishment of both wings of American politics to be what we need it to be.

We need it to be fearless and obnoxious, out of a conviction that more speech, however much vulgarity and nonsense it creates, is always better than less speech. In America, this is a liberal spirit in the grandest sense of that word - but also a conservative one, since retaining that rebelliousness is tending to an ancient American tradition, from the Founders onward.


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1 - humanbeing   4 Jul 2010 @ 10:50:15 PM 

The economic crash of some of our finest investigative journalists (our newspapers), and the loss of independence of those papers because of their ownership by a few large, corporate entities, is a serious reality today. Yes, the blogosphere provides a vital and wonderful new voice for all who are connected. But it takes money to embed journalists in foreign countries and to support true invesgative projects. We must do whatever it takes to keep the information and ideas flowing.


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2 - salon   5 Jul 2010 @ 8:45:34 AM 

It's a larger issue than this small comment, but you remind me that when, in my opinion, the embeds are under the wing of the military, it's another instance of lack of independence. What was the movie that spotlighted that? Was it "Control Room"? One point that I think Sullivan is making in that article, quoted in part above, is that we no longer have to look to a *class* of conventional journalists to provide information, but we are new media.


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