Fear of Bloggers

At the D8 Conference Steve Jobs lamented the descent of news-gathering and editorial functions into a world of bloggers. As Jobs puts it,

One of my beliefs very strongly is that any democracy depends on a free, healthy press, and so when I think of the most important journalistic endeavors in this country, I think of things like the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and publications like that,” Jobs replies. “And we all know what’s happened to the economics of those businesses. I don’t want to see us descend into a nation of bloggers. Anything that we can do to help the news-gathering organizations find new ways of expression so that they can afford to keep their news-gathering and editorial operations intact, I’m all for.”

Other than a blatant justification for the iPad’s closed format and Apple’s recent collaboration with Rupert Murdoch, of all people, Jobs may have a point. Are there too many blogs and bloggers to disseminate information in a manner that can generate effective political action? Can bloggers create networks that will avoid the stratifying grasp and control of large multinationals and states while at the same time providing for the emergence of shared objectives sufficient to motivate an effective political process.

Here’s a link to the full story of Jobs’ interview. There’s a full video of this and other interviews at the site as well.


2 responses to “Fear of Bloggers

  • Mikhail Emelianov

    I think it’s excellent that you begin a blog with a post on us becoming a nation of bloggers! In your face, Steve Jobs.

  • Anti Vigilante

    Mikhail, seconded, thirded, fourthed, LOLCAT, fifthed, ad Hallelujanaeum.

    I am a Renaissance Constructionist, still grasping at what that means. I believe the very act of blogging creates this new world which no longer has to act to change the machine because its growth and existence is in fact a political fact more powerful than any political act. We are taking up physical intellectual political space and we are giving it purpose. They are interdependent and betting on each others’ momentum. Somewhere they sold substance to the devil and by some miracle we are creating substance.

    I don’t think blogs are necessarily more correct (note I didn’t say more reliable or trustworthy) than established media. I just think that we’re the only ones who give a damn enough to rewrite the whole script.

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