PJ O’Rourke on blogging, the internet and journalism
I came across this fascinating interview with the always excellent P J O’Rourke, recently broadcast on Radio Free Europe – something I don’t listen to much. In fact, it’s something I don’t listen to at all, since I’m not an oppressed coolie of Kyrgyzstan or wherever, and besides my useless DAB radio doesn’t pick up shortwave (or much else for that matter).
In it, PJ saunters across a whole range of topics including journalism, mobile phones, Murdoch’s paywalls
“I do think it’s the way forward. Something that you get for free is usually worth exactly that”
“There’s small talk, and then there’s very very small talk, and then there’s Twitter”
“[It’s] very self-indulgent. It’s all about “me”. It isn’t about the person who is reading the blog…There’s a great deal of people sitting around in pyjamas giving each other their opinions”
and, a subject close to my heart, news-blogging
“It is our job to filter, organise, make sense of, edit all this information and now there is more information coming in. I think that the general fact of more information coming in is not a bad thing by any means. It’s a positive good. But does it guarantee that the information coming in will necessarily be more accurate? Not perfectly sure on that”
Definitely worth taking a minute or two to read and/or a listen (there are some video excerpts of the interview, as below).
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