This is as good a place as any for this recuperating blogger to get back to his keyboard. 40 days after Tyler Coleman posted a piece which started a maelstrom of Parker bashing, The Wall Street Journal’s David Kesmodel provides his publication’s readers with a synopsis of the transpirings in wine geekdom that took place a month and a half ago.
There is nothing inherently wrong with the article, from a journalistic perspective. It’s just that the topic is over a month old. It’s stale. It’s burned through its cycle.
Prior to my hiatus, I’d written about the emergence of blogging and other on line publications as a medium capable of lightning-fast coverage. Then, Congress held a hearing on the future of journalism.
I’m sure people invested, one way or another, in print journalism would like to emphasize the object lesson of the tortoise and hare story. But there seems to be a very clear resistance to embrace the immediacy and fast pace of on line publication among traditional journalists.
I wonder, at times, if this is a form of journalistic snobbism. Do traditional (print) journalists see themselves somehow above media like blogging? Certainly, there is some negative perception of blogging in the public consciousness.
Then, I wonder if on line publication pushes traditional journalists past a certain comfort zone. Nobody wants to say something that will come back and bite them in the rear end and there may be some sense of a legal, intellectual or journalistic safety net in having a steady stream of assignments and an editor to sign off on the finished pieces.
Yet, I cannot understand what journalistic practices are violated by a medium that allows for real-time coverage of all sorts of topics. Can someone shed some light on this? I’d like to know.
Perhaps, the crux of the matter lies in the main topics of the discussion during the Congressional hearings: Reservations about going all-digital may be rooted in concerns about intellectual property laws and monetizing content. So maybe, in a George Carlin reductionist approach, it’s really just about money.
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