Friday, March 24, 2006

The MSM straw dude

Jay Rosen, in the midst of a meditation on the Ben Domenech-Red America flap, lets slip this astute comment:

But in fact there is no MSM. No one answers for it. It has no address. And no real existence independent of the dreary statements in which it is bashed. Therefore it is not a term of accountability, which is one reason it’s grown so popular. No one’s accountable; therefore all rants can be right. If you’re a blogger, and you write things like, “The MSM swallowed it hook, line and sinker,” you should know that you have written gibberish. But you probably don’t, for to keep this knowledge from you is the leaden genius of MSM.

I'd never thought of it that way. Genius.

Permalink posted by Jonathan : 6:22 PM

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