Saturday, January 07, 2006

New Media vs. Main Stream Media

There is a battle brewing between the entrenched main stream media and a blitzkrieg of new media.

Main stream media is putting on the uncomfortable battle armor of blog warriors while their feet are stuck in clay around a big city desk.

Hugh Hewitt has an article on those that want to retain the power of media even as technology empowered individuals disperse their information sources.

Of particular interest to me was one quote of big media defender Hitzik:

"Hewitt in his blog ceded the tooth-gnashing duties to one Carol Platt Liebau, who evidently harbors a deep-seated distaste for improved roads, schools, hospitals, public safety, etc. "

This ploy was answered over 150 years ago:

"Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain." - C. F. Bastiat

The war between new media and main stream media is on. Hewitt even takes a guess on the strategy for the next few campaigns.

Read Hewitt's article, it will add one more piece to the puzzle that is media change.


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