The Atlantic Wire's John Hudson continues the site's "What I Read" series with a piece on award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's reading habits. The man behind A Few Good Men and The Social Network subscribes to newspapers and knows all about cable television's most divisive stars, but he hasn't bothered to change his browser homepage from Yahoo, which it's presumably been since, oh, 1998, and doesn't use either Facebook or Twitter.
I get the The New York Times and Los Angeles Times thrown at my door every morning. I'll read the front page of The New York Times, then the op-eds, then scan the arts section and then the sports section. Then I do the same with the L.A. Times. I'm not on Facebook and I don't tweet but I know plenty of people who love both. At the office I'll have either CNN or ESPN on with the sound off. At night I check in with MSNBC once in a while. The homepage on my web browser is Yahoo, which I'm told it shouldn't be, but I've just been too lazy to change it. From time to time I'll read some of the comments under stories on it to get a sense of what it must be like at a Klan meeting.
The upside of web-based journalism is that everybody gets a chance. The downside is that everybody gets a chance. I can't really get on board with the demonization of credentials with phrases like "the media elite" (just like doctors, airline pilots and presidents, I prefer reporters and commentators to be elite) and the glamorization of inexperience with phrases like "citizen journalist."
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