MSM and Blogosphere merging?
We are seeing the MSM attempt, sometimes indirectly via stupid bloggers, to invade and regress the blogosphere.
MSM wants to regress, make go backward, the blogosphere. If they can't kill it, they wish to warp it into their narcissus mirror.
MSM wishes to gaze into the political/journalist sector of the blogosphere, and see their own encouraging, substantiating smile returned in the image. And it's the image that sucks.
The image the MSM was created in was originally that of the people. What the people wanted, or needed to know. The image eventually devolved into the media being simply a sickly puppet of whoever paid to control the strings--religion, government, big business, or worse.
The media are the strings. The money and power manipulate the strings, as the mainstream audience, even the educated members, gaze in translucent hypnotic indeterminacy: meaning, easy to convert to any idea.
Having a tranced-out passive audience, a target audience that was everybody with a telefusion set (tele = at a distance, fusion = mental merger with the spot of light on a screen that expands into a full blown optical seduction with stories).
Telefusion was the ultimate MSM machine. Sleepy frowning robots, loaded with worries and coveting, ripe for tricked expenditures, inhabited the land now, swarming into mass windows of opportunity. It looks at you, via market research, as you watch it.
Then the blog came along.
Everybody, as though on cue, woke up from the MSM induced nightmare of eyes-wide-shut obedience.
Bloggers rose up against all wings of politicians, MSM flunkies and jerks, and other bloggers. Blogocombat was born on the bloody fields where Dan Rather and Trent Lott collapsed. Blogocombat has war-lust gleaming all over it, war against the strongholds of deception.
Will the blogosphere remain aggressive and free?
Will it continue to be the unvarnished, rough edged voice of the individual?
What changes are occurring in the blogosphere, that the blogospheric defense forces are not picking up on their radars?
What blogo-doppler can predict the next wave of genius or misanthropy to attempt to invade the blogosphere?
Now you can decide this one for yourself.
From Ad Pulp blog
"Craig to Branch Out Beyond Classifieds"
by David Burn
November 23, 2005
Guardian Unlimited: Craig Newmark has already revolutionised classified advertising in the US with his hugely successful website, craigslist.com. Now he is planning to shake up journalism, which he says has "lost the trust" of the public.
The founder of the free classifieds site - the seventh most popular website in the US in terms of page views - is to launch a major online journalism project within three months that will copy his "wisdom of the masses" approach to advertising and apply it to journalism.
"Things do need to change," Mr Newmark said. "The big issue in the US is that newspapers are afraid to talk truth to power. The White House press corps don't speak the truth to power - they are frightened to lose access they don't have anyway."
Craigslist, which began in 1994 in the San Francisco Bay area as an information service, decides its business strategy almost entirely by following up on the complaints and suggestions of its users.Posted by david burn
If Craig wants to bury the already dead MSM, he should think of all the things wrong with it, not just the part that's easy for him to transfer from Craigslist.
The negative slant prompts me to refer to it as the Morbid Stream Media. Always the negative, bitter, cynical, rain on your parade gloom from these freaks who pretend to be objective.
"Dan Rather really WANTED to believe the story was true": an MSM freak defending the poor research and overt bias of an objective news organization. As if this really WANTING constitutes a reasonable and fair motivation for Rather to stubbornly, unrepentently cling to his delusions and political mania.
Please don't import, Craig, the slime of the MSM along with the suspicious goal.
C-Span is the future. CNN is the past.Posted by:steven streight aka vaspers the grate on November 23, 2005 12:53 PM
[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate