The New Criterion is probably more consistently worth reading than any other magazine in English.
The "Blog Mob" revisited
by Joseph Rago
On the impact blogs and the Internet have on journalism.
was right!Support The
Editor’ Note: This essay is the second installment of a series on the challenges posed by the digital revolution to the world of culture. We are delighted to acknowledge that the Hertog/Simon Fund for Policy Analysis provided critical support for this series.
Sometime in 2006, freshly graduated from college and newly employed as a junior editor at The Wall Street Journal, I decided it would be a good idea to publish my musings about the Internet. The op-ed quoted Joseph Conrad to the effect that newspapers are “written by fools to be read by imbeciles” and suggested that blogs are the new newspapers. It turns out that people do not like to be called imbeciles, bloggers in general and imbecile bloggers in particular.
The piece, which carried the headline “The Blog Mob,” was a sensation, a controversy, and, finally, a mistake. It is worth recalling not because it has muc ...
This article is available to subscribers and for individual purchase
This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 31 December 2012, on page 4
Copyright © 2015 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.comhttp://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The--Blog-Mob--revisited-7495
E-mail to friend
by Joseph Rago
A review of "Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations."
A lecture delivered by Charles Murray after he received the third Edmund Burke Award for Service to Culture and Society.
by Bruce Bawer
A new collection of Henry James's letters reveals the early development of the writer.
A few reflections on To Kill a Mockingbird in anticipation of Harper Lee's new book releases.
The Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity
Introduction to The Kennedy Phenomenon
The Kennedy Phenomenon: "Watching the Kennedy Train-Wreck"