The patronizing of the “blogosphere”

One thing I never see mentioned in these [“mainstream media”]-vs-blogs stories is how completely positive, ecstatic, and fawning the old media coverage of blogs is. The bloggers’ own claims that they are transforming the media, empowering the individual, making the old fogies at the newspapers and TV stations quake in their boots, etc., are always taken at face value when newspapers or TV news shows do a blog story (and that kind of perfunctory reporting could itself be seen as a form of condescension if bloggers had a lick of sense). […] I’ll know the blogs are making a difference when The New York Times does a blog story about how the blogs are all a bunch of parasites on the old media.

Tim Cavanaugh

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