Do you remember a post in which I gave 9 reasons for the value and utility of political blogging? Sure, because it was like last week.
So when I say that David Simon, creator of one of my favorite shows The Wire (and also The Corner, the series and the book which I own and have read) is wrong about the Internet and political blogging please believe me that I respect the guy immensely. Here’s his view of the typical blogger (see how many stereotypes you can spot):
If you’re saying that there needed to be scenes of the Internet interacting with journalism and bringing down journalism, I will now write you a scene: Interior, garden apartment anywhere. A white male, mid-30s, sits at a laptop computer in his underwear, linking to a Baltimore Sun story. He then scratches his left testicle until satisfied and continues to type commentary about that story onto his blog. Cut to drug corner, and on to the next scene.
How many stereotypes did you get?? There’s the “pajamas media” image. There’s the loser-nerd image. And of course there’s the “steal original content from real reporting” image. Did you get them all?
Too bad Simon feels this way that he has to oppose traditional journalism with political blog reporting and blame the decline of newspapers on “free” media such as the internet. I think he does a fine job in the series of accounting for the decline of American journalism; the search for prizes and profit at the expense of daily investigative and positional reporting. What’s blogging got to do with that?