The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, January 26, 2004
And, mentioning editing on Big Media...
Via Atrios, an op-ed of mind-numbing triviality from Thomas Friedman.
If - as claimed (see January 11 piece) - the guy is really fluent in Arabic, he should be using these rare talents  for producing worthwhile analysis, not sophomoric druther-fests.
(Query: perhaps his NYT editors tell him, Write Messianic stuff, but go steady on the detail: give them the stirring stuff, but not too many als and els.)
My eye then drifts to the bottom of the page, which links a piece entitled When a Kleptocratic, Megalomanûacal Dictator Goes Bad. It's behind the pay wall, but I go to the summary: same spelling.
Is this an allusion (it's not one I get)? Or a prank? Or a product of a can't be arsed culture than disdains the very idea of having a fact-checking department , even after the depredations of Jayson Blair?
There was apparently a lot of talk at the World Economic Forum at Davos about the threat that blogging poses for Big Media. Bloviation, most of it, I suspect. But the combination of regular  pisspoor performance and finger-in-the-eye arrogance will have a corrosive, rather than an explosive, effect on Big Media standing. The damage may not be apparent for a good long while.
Atrios quotes a commenter's 'haiku' on Friedman:
If we had some ham
What he said...
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