Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Populism in journalism

Now your anonymous internet trolling sad stabs at wit important and informed tweets and reader comments that contribute immensely to 'the national conversation' can make it into the NYT. In fact, they can make up half the NYT article. Because why bother interviewing people who might lay claim to relevant insight or even just realize they are speaking to a reporter (what's that?) when you can just copy and paste the internet? And the article itself will be written in snark-toned adolescent blog-prose: "Mitford was being mischievous, except that she kind of wasn’t, since she was describing the way people actually spoke." Cute, except that it's kind of nauseating.

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