Man, I wrote last night I was going to give this issue a rest for a few days, but here comes newspaperman John Brummett with another column looking at his recent dispute with a local TV reporter (and various bloggers) over the value of new media (blogging, Twittering, interactivity, etc.) in today’s world of news reporting and commentary.
In today’s column, Brummett extends an olive branch and a friendly, generous hand to new media practitioners and enthusiasts, and pledges to look for ways in which we can all work together to build a better tomorrow. He admits that maybe he was a little hasty to judge in his earlier columns, and he wants to repent. And maybe he’ll share some of his hard-earned wisdom with the young folks, and maybe…well, just maybe he’ll learn a little something himself…
Oh, wait, my mistake, that’s not the column he wrote at all. The column he wrote is a bubbling stew of cranky condescension and straw man arguments (Did you know that blogs invented unsourced rumors and the spreading thereof? It’s true!).
Mostly, what it’s starting to look like is that John doesn’t like all this damn backtalk from young’n’s and upstarts and amateurs and nobodies (Hey, I think I fit all of those categories, more or less!)
Update: Frequent Arkansas Project flier Br549 contributes a thoughtful take in the comments section of a previous post — check it out.
Update to the Update: More good stuff from those on the right side of history: See the Fayetteville Flyer’s Ted Dancin’s savvy submission in the comments section below, and a splendid take from Blake Rutherford at The Think Tank, who, like me, didn’t realize when he first started writing about this matter that it would turn into a second job.
The Tolbert Report is in the mix, too, declaring boldly that “Print Is Dead.” Oh, my.
More Updating Goodness: Major, major breaking news from Lance Turner, seconded by the Arkansas Project’s awesome on-the-spot source R., who phoned in a confirmation from the site in downtown Little Rock. This has officially become the most ridiculous story in the entire state.