Thursday, June 26, 2003
SNAILworld: History of the Slow of Head
from the Snail Media series:
IS BIG MEDIA (BM) IRRELEVANT?
In 1995, I wrote a column about the brain-drain from the Snail World to the Web World. People with brains were gravitating to the internet, leaving the slower of head to fill the jobs and places in the Old World of corporate radio, TV, newspapers and such. And as such...the quality of content was systematically diminishing.
Well, not much has changed, trendwise. If one wants to find out what is really going on in the world...to depend on the corporate media is foolhardy, and maybe even dangerous. It is THAT bad. Look at it! Listen to it! That is...if you can stomach all the SUV and pharmaceutical ads...not to mention infantile content and their constant sins of omission.
In 2003, the Internet has become infected with commercialism, and blogs are among the cutting edge of consumption...and production. If you're not being paid to lie...why do it? Indeed, why do it anyway? Surely there is a ring of Hell for those who lie because they are paid to do so. And hanging out in the fire with Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Miller, Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter and the like, would not be something I would care to do. The yowling itself would be reason enough to go elsewhere. The licking flames might be a form of mercy.
I'm not the only blogger who thinks Big Media is becoming irrelevant. Here is another take on the matter: