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What’s next in the blogosphere?

Power Line’s Deacon ponders the results of the media brushfire they fanned into life:

Blogs like ours don’t compete with national newscasts. We don’t try to summarize the national and world news, and we attempt investigative journalism only intermittently. We’re more like opinion journals.

Blogs can only inflict significant damage on network news organizations to the extent that these organizations utter flagrant falsehoods or otherwise commit major inexcusable errors. When networks run slanted stories that always favor the liberal cause, we serve a worthwhile function by exposing the slant and the consistency of the bias. But this does no major harm to the networks.
Arguably, then, blogs pose no inherent danger to the networks. Networks merely need to avoid uttering flagrant falsehoods and committing major inexcusable errors. Then they can continue to slant things in the liberal direction without taking any deadly hits from bloggers.

Will we ever again see a major network that gains general trust as a non-partisan source of news? I’m pretty sure we won’t. It’s a daunting task, and the incentive for undertaking it is not obvious. The old “most trusted man in America model” model was an anomaly — the product of a breath-taking new technology with enormous “centralizing” tendencies, coupled with a post World War II political consensus. That consensus no longer exists, and we now have a breath-taking new technology with enormous decentralizing tendencies.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE: Instapundit chimes in.
Hugh Hewitt remarks on the power of the tail.
OpinionJournal recaps the trends in media power, which is news only to the most non-web-savvy readers of the WSJ … but at least they’re hearing it now.
Michelle Malkin delivers an Old Media eulogy.

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