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wSunday, June 29, 2003

BLOG ON: You just knew all this writing about the death of The Report was going to come around to the how it proves the power of the Internet, didn't you? The argument is ably advanced by Kevin Steel:

The influence of the blog and the personal website, and the use and ease of the hyperlink, add a new dimension to the whole exercise of laying off a whole bunch of writers all at once.

To wit:

Since management made its announcement on Monday, they have received a barage of calls from traditional media, and they've largely controlled the story. However, there is something else creeping up. For instance, former colleague Marnie Ko finally unloads. Jeremy Lott posts some of her comments. As her piece makes plain, she took a lot of crap.

I guess no one can be accused of telling tales out of school since there ain't no school left...The difference is "telling tales of out of school" in the internet age means talking to the world, not knowing who's listening, who cares, or even if it will make a difference. There's no point in me going on about how the "little person" benefits from this type of communication. Truth and power; bosses in any business like to control the former and horde the latter. They don't like their underlings having access to both. We know that a few journalists have been ordered to close down their sites on pain of being fired.

As for "who cares?" in the present situation, it's hard to say. The thing of it is this; the Report was a singularity. It was Canada's only conservative newsmagazine. People who like that kind of thing--and we know there were 60,000 of them a few years ago--might be wondering; what comes next? Part of "What comes next?" is "What happened before?" Are there any cautionary tales to heed? Where did they go wrong? And into that breach now steps, somewhat sideways, the anecdote through the private voice of the blog and the personal website.

I don't know how many fully employed journalists in Canada have blogs. But I do know that since blogging became popular, a publishing singularity like the Report hasn't completely shut its doors and laid-off everybody, including those who have the venue and the freedom to discuss the event publicly like they are now. [more]

posted by Jeremy at 8:25 PM