Andrew Sullivan writes:
Jeffrey Goldberg, for one, hails his corporate overlords. But Jeffrey Goldberg doesn't know that much about new media. I know that sounds odd, given that he is a blogger at what was once one of the savvier new media websites, but there you have it. One of the many reasons I don't engage his blog more frequently on matters relating to new media is that he's not very knowledgeable about the dynamics of blogging as a form, or of the radical new democracy of online personal voices which render institutional authority and corporate branding so exhausted and old-school. This might be because these issues don't interest him. But his endorsement of this almighty mess could not be put more eloquently than this: (Sorry, I can't seem to load his page right now, seriously -- I'll put in the link as soon as I can).
Linking on the web. Who needs it?
Actually, I was making fun of the fact that the Daily Dish wouldn't load this morning. I've now discovered that this supposed "technical malfunction" was caused by AIPAC. And the Human Rights Campaign. And Hillary Clinton.
As for Andrew's more substantive points: I don't like capitalism too much, either, but I have no reason to believe that my "corporate overlords" are trying to fuck us over. They're trying, quite hard in fact -- from the over-overlords all the way through the ad salespeople -- to keep this business afloat, and I'm grateful, both for the paycheck and for the ability to travel to report on stories, and yes, for this platform. As for this comment: "One of the many reasons I don't engage his blog more frequently on matters relating to new media is that he's not very knowledgeable about the dynamics of blogging as a form, or of the radical new democracy of online personal voices which render institutional authority and corporate branding so exhausted and old-school," let me just say this: Huh? Why would someone engage my blog on "matters relating to new media"? I don't write about new media. Mostly I write about Jews. Occasionally Arabs. Sometimes Persians. Every so often Walmart. And baseball. And my 401(k). But that's about it.
I'm all for platforms that provide opportunities to read "online personal voices which render institutional authority and corporate branding so exhausted and old-school." (Though if by institutional authority he means "fact-checking," then I'm for institutional authority). But I don't think that attacking co-workers who are trying in good faith to make The Atlantic a better magazine, in print and on-line, is particularly useful. In other words, going to war over unfortunate font changes isn't necessary.
UPDATE: Yes, yes, I get that Andrew was echoing the language I used to describe his knowledge, or comparative lack of knowledge, of the Middle East. The difference is that I really don't write about the new media and he really does write about the Middle East.
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