Monoculture makes you weak
Posted by aogThursday, 09 September 2004 at 19:43 TrackBack Ping URL

When I think of just how incompetent Old Media seems to be these days, I wonder if it’s not a result of the “objectivity” that journalism has prized all these years. Good weblogs are much sharper than Old Media but I don’t think it’s because webloggers are intrinsically better. I suspect it’s much more because it’s so easy to rip apart another weblogger for faulty logic or facts. On the other hand, if everyone is “objective” then there’s really only one truth. This would seem to encourage both laziness and groupthink. After all, if you’ve already seen the “objective” story line, how else could it be? There’s too much concern about physical competition among media companies and not enough about competition among ideas. Recent history has clearly shown that these are not synonymous.