Distraction Free Reading


  • The real irony (after all, the NYT editorial board needn’t fall into line with one of its op-ed writers, or where would it be with David Brooks?) is that the media critics interpret The Public as being themselves! Academics write, publish, blog, speak, plead, incite. . . but the tv, newsprint, web aggregators, etc. don’t notice.

  • It’s true. I don’t mean suggest that NYT columnists should reflect the views of the editorial board, only that I regularly see this kind of two-sidedness in its pages (the better example is how its articles alternately decry the social harms of new technologies, then tell us which iGadgets to buy).

    But yes, the implicit assumption in much of the discussion is that there’s a single Public and we know what/who it is.

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