A BLOG-ONLY NEWS DIET? Interesting report, but I don't see blogs in general -- and certainly not InstaPundit -- as a primary news source. InstaPundit is an opinion blog (see, er, the name and the motto), not a news service. I do try to call attention to stories that I think deserve more attention than they're getting from Big Media outlets, but that very effort means that InstaPundit isn't going to be "balanced."
Of course, reading about the stories that the Poynter report linked above treats as undercovered in the blogosphere also tells you something about the seriousness of Big Media in that regard. Paul McCartney and Harry Potter? Love 'em both, but there's not much actual news in those stories. . . .
UPDATE: Related thoughts here. And, perhaps, here.
posted at 09:38 AM by Glenn Reynolds
June 10, 2004
WILL COLLIER looks at the latest Pew Poll and observes: "For all intents and purposes, more than half of the populace (everybody except partisan Democrats, and even their numbers for credibility are nothing for most of the press to brag about) has written off the vast majority of the national press. And they're doing so because they believe that the press has written them off."
JAMES LILEKS has an interesting take on this Disney wartime DVD set. It almost makes me wish I'd brought it to the beach. But in fact we haven't watched any of the videos we brought -- non-swimming and non-fishing time has been filled with checkers, Monopoly, and -- best of all -- sitting on the porch talking. The DVDs won't come out unless the weather turns sour.
If you've been trying to reach me by email, well, don't hold your breath for a reply. I've only been online at all because the InstaWife keeps checking her email and her film website daily. And based on my cursory look, the blogosphere seems to be doing just fine without me. See you later!
UPDATE: Major John Tammes emails from Bagram, Afghanistan:
Please take your vacation. I mean TAKE YOUR VACATION. Stop posting - I thought Lileks had set you straight, Mr. Not A Public Utility. I want you to come back rested and refreshed. See you in a week...
When people are emailing you from a war zone to tell you to take it easy, well, it can't be good. . . .
Meanwhile Megan McArdle has some related thoughts, in response to William Saletan. "But it is Saletan who appears confused, not Reagan. What he is describing is not liberty; it is security. Security is also valuable and good, but it is not the same thing as liberty." (Via Stephen Green, who's on a roll).
posted at 09:25 AM by Glenn Reynolds
June 07, 2004
I'M ON AN ISLAND with nothing but dialup and no news. But Daniel Drezner's first post is up over at GlennReynolds.com -- it's on offshore outsourcing.
“The people have spoken, the idiots,” I wrote in my journal after he was elected in 1980. I was living in a boarding house a block from the Valli, an English major at the U, a college paper columnist taking all the usual brave stances: Republicans are repressed hypocrites, Playboy insults women, etc. . . .
I am reminded of the thrill I got when I heard the words “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Because you can sum up Reagan’s legacy by polling any random high-schooler and reading that line.
“What wall?” they’d probably ask.
The wall, kid. You know: The Wall. The fortified gash. The thin lethal line that stood between tyranny and freedom. I mean, we lived in a time when there was a literal wall between those concepts, and we still didn’t get it.