litary expertise of their own to call on to help them properly contextualize or order developments, or even anticipate what's coming next: there seems to be no one with a "big picture view" in the newsrooms at all. That's one thing that bloggers like Carter, Easterbrook, and on a good day, me, can provide that you can't find elsewhere. (The other area blogs are doing well this war is just as "poor man's newstickers", a market I'd say the Agonist has more or less cornered at this point.)

Posted by: BruceR at March 31, 2003 08:09 AM

Bruce -- I actually don't have a beef with the author; thought the article was basically good. Just find it weird that it's taken as a given (even by you!) that good, contextual writing about the war is "unsuitable for newspapers." It'd be suitable for *my* morning newspaper, I daresay.

Posted by: Matt Welch at March 31, 2003 08:41 AM

What do you guys think about this line in the Globe article regarding George Paine's start-up of his weblog:
"With no formal journalistic training..."

Maybe not intentionally arrogant, but aloof and condescending nonetheless.

Never been there myself, but I can deduce that going to J-school is a necessary part of learning the profession. However the tone I detect in that sentence (and in the whole context of the article) is that "amateurs" have no business doing the serious work of trained journalists. Especially in a free-for-all forum like the Internet.

And here I thought being a good writer mostly involved a command of the language and a talent for expressing your thoughts in a cogent manner.

It's pieces like Allemang's that highlight Old Media's inabillity to cope with new frontiers for their medium. Kinda like record labels and their disastrous handling of Napster.

Posted by: Daniel J. Callaghan at April 2, 2003 05:15 PM

Daniel -- Going to journalism school is definitely *not* a "necessary part of learning the profession," though it is occasionally (and stupidly) a pre-condition for employment.

Posted by: Matt Welch at April 2, 2003 05:33 PM
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