Monday, June 26, 2006

Valueless Pundits

Pundits like David Broder and Jason Zengerle are consistent in attacking the blogosphere. Broder believes we're mean to President Bush and not nearly as skilled with the English language as, well, for example, him. Zengerle thinks we are simple-minded rubes being led like sheep. They both believe that all will be lost if we don't return to listening to their words of wisdom. They want and need this to be true. They can only tolerate their peers, other pundits, disagreeing with them.

Before the Protestant Reformation, priests were the only path to God. Before blogging, pundits were the brahmins who told us what to think regarding politics. With the Reformation, every man could become his own priest. With blogs, every man can become his own pundit. Broder, Zengerle, and their ilk are immaterial in the internet age. They are no more important than Kos or Jane Hamsher or, gee, even me.

They just don't like having competition in the marketplace of ideas.

Art is "George Fox on the Mount of Vision" Governor's Reception Room, State Capitol, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. ~ by Violet Oakley

1 comment:

Kvatch said...

They just don't like having competition in the marketplace of ideas.

Marketplace of ideas? Bah! They just don't like the notion of splitting up the eyeballs and the ad revenue that eyeballs generate.