So why am I spending so much time on it? Perhaps because itís an old-media / new-media moment, with generational manifestations. (Oooh - thatís enough hyphens and multisyllabic drivel to get me in an academic journal.) Hedges is the embodiment of the Times paradigm - wisdom digested and packaged and handed down to you, the consumer. Thatís where it ends. You. If you have a problem with what weíve said, write us a letter; of the 18745 letters we get every day we will chose fourteen to print in tomorrowís paper.
The college students in the audience grew up with the internet; they have spent their college years in chatrooms and blogs. Emailís been around since they were in kindergarten. They are wired for instant feedback.