The thing about evolutionary advancement: the dinosaurs may have been toast, but you can bet that sponges, frogs, and mice weren’t going to triumph on their survivability alone.
The print and tv media may indeed be sinking, but if the blogs want to enter into this vacating ecological niche, they are going to need to polish up their reading comprehension. Even my journalism-experienced friend Lee may have been snooked by a gotcha! quote from Justice Ginsburg on Roe v Wade. Was it really her quote? I didn’t think so. My impression of the NY Times interview was that she was reporting her assessment of what the GOP Supreme Court of 1973 was thinking. Granted, the edited transcript leaves some room for doubt. But the Times interviewer did write that this piece was boiled down from a ninety-minute interview.
Thanks in part to the blogosphere, we have a partisan-saturated culture in which it’s as likely if somebody doesn’t like someone who states that: People who advocate for pedophilia as a sound and healthy sexual preference are wrong, an enterprising up-and-comer would just edit out the first two and the last two words and claim someone is really an “advocate for pedophilia as a sound and healthy sexual preference.” See what I mean?
Like many bloggers, I think the print and tv media are in a long slide down. But there are enough smart writers out there in the blogofield to muscle aside the weak. The Ginsburg tale seems to be getting more traction than I thought it would. I’m really surprised, though given the mutation vector in media, we’re bound to see some pretenders vying for the fading niche of Our Corporate Broadcast Masters.
When a blogger leads off with a line like this:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments about using abortion as population control raised a lot of eyebrows in the blogosphere. Over 9,236 to be precise, according to Google blog search.
I think the sharks in the media tank can consider themselves safe for one more day. “Over 9,236” is far from precision. I can read between the lines on this, and I don’t think the Ginsburg story has legs. But then, the mosasaurs and whales didn’t either.