October 16, 2002

What He Said: Original repo...

What He Said: Original reporting is the k becomes predictable, though its cheapness to produce is legitimately revolutionary. I've long wondered why there aren't more small vanity publications, with energetic staffs of five, doing original reporting and essaying work on the Web....

Posted by at October 16, 2002 12:56 PM

One of the reasons, as pointed out in the article, that big media organisations have moved away from hard news reporting is the cost. For a small website trying to deal with this cost may be impossible.

Investigative reporting may become the exclusive domain of hard-bitten free-lancers, willing to live on nothing between the occassional good pay cheque from the big media companies when they do crack something.

Posted by: Stewart Kelly at October 16, 2002 10:34 PM

It's because very few of us have the depth of knowledge paired with the critical faculties to write two or three times a week in a fresh way. Most writers become broken records. Even Andrew Sullivan, who is close to super cool, falls into the boring crack when he rants about homosexuality day after day after day for periods of a week or so. Hate to say it, but a good education helps, and a curious mind helps more.

There are lots of interesting people I can't take on a daily basis but sip once in a while and enjoy; Rush, Lycus, Comes, Spinsanity, TAPPED, etc. It's tough being deep. Even Shakespeare wrote some absolute shit.

Posted by: Howard Veit at October 18, 2002 03:14 AM
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