What He Said

After reading the much-discussed Daniel Lyons attack on blogs in Forbes and Dan Gillmor’s (much more civil) response, my decidedly-liberal old friend Lein Shory emailed:

The article’s really quite astonishing.

You know, after reading [Gillmor’s post] and the accompanying comments, it occurred to me that one reason blogs are viewed as dangerous is that they serve as means to the (at least ostensible) ends of both liberals and conservatives. Those ends are definitely not always the same, and they come from different motivations, but if liberals want “freedom of information” and conservatives want the “marketplace of ideas,” those are both at least neighboring territories, and blogs go a little ways toward making them more of a reality. Corporations, big media, the government–any entrenched power–can’t help but be nervous, and will eventually seek ways to fight them.

Lacking a more eloquent response, I’m reduced to saying, “Yep.”

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6 Responses to “What He Said”

  1. Grant Says:

    I would read the Forbes article, but it’s behind a free subscription firewall and I don’t want to bother. Blogs don’t force me to pay a price (money or convenience) to access their opinions. Isn’t that the real objection from mainstream media?

  2. StevenT Says:

    Ever see a cop movie where someone from Internal Affairs shows up? The cops get all hostile, sullen and paranoid. That’s the way journalists seem to react to bloggers.

    I happen to like and trust cops a lot more than I do journalists but I absolutely believe in the need for Internal Affairs. So you can imagine where I stand on bloggers.

    Keep up the good work

  3. Will Collier Says:

    If you really want to, you can get through the Forbes registration block with the login/password “forbesdontbug”.

    If you really want to.

  4. Milesl Says:

    thanks Will Collier. Do you have the password to bigwidebeaver.com ?

  5. Sharpshooter Says:

    Blogs serve to break down the walls behind which the real facts are hidden.

  6. ArtD0dger Says:

    I

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