Saturday, October 04, 2008

In the Future

... if I were the GOP, I would grant most access to Internet media organizations like Pajamas Media and less to the TV and newspapers. First off, the newspapers are becoming nearly irrelevant. Both Gannett and NYT stock prices are plunging and there's no end in site for either. Absent government intervention (can you say Pravda?) they might both be out of business in 2012. TV ratings are dropping all the time and the real action, the future of both parties, are the younger folks on the Internets tubes.

Imagine if Sarah Palin's first few interviews had been with Glenn and Helen Reynolds on the Instapundit podcast, Roger Simon on Pajamas Media, Captain Ed over at Hot Air and some of the milbloggers. That would have been cool.

The puppyblender (Glenn) suggested that the solution to the MSM's hyperbias was to feed the flowers (the bloggers) and pull the weeds.
If you want to have a media environment that isn't dominated by the Gwen Ifills and Keith Olbermanns of the world, you need to ensure that other kinds of voices flourish. That means supporting the alternatives with your eyeballs, your subscriptions, your advertiser-patronage (and you could write those advertisers and tell them you're happy that they're supporting that kind of programming, too -- they probably don't get many letters like that, so they'll be noticed) -- basically, your money. Businesses need money to flourish. There's a vast underserved population out there, for news, entertainment, movies, etc., and if people start serving it, the current "mainstream" media won't be so mainstream anymore. So if you're unhappy with current offerings, put your money where your mouth is.
Or in this case, give your media access to the media that doesn't praise people like Joe Biden for having a command of the issues when he simply makes things up out of thin air.

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