posted Feb 17, 2005

I'm kind of surprised that at least as of this writing, almost nobody seems to have mentioned the Daily Show's blog-stravaganza last night. Fortunately, one of the major exceptions here is providing downloads... well, trying at least. Maybe somebody'll mirror it. (I can't, that'd kill my bandwidth in an hour and this account is hosted as a favor to a friend; I try to avoid torturing it :-) .)

It was pretty good, as you'd expect, and definately the funniest take on the Eason and Gannon issues to date, showing that while the conventional media may not be adapting well, the conventional non-media seem to be doing pretty well. While this is the first time the Daily Show has directly covered blogs in a big way, there are several times they've done a bit on a story covered mostly in the blogs, before it penetrated to the mainstream. IIRC (and I may not be), they beat the mainstream press to the punch on Rathergate (or "Danron", which I still prefer on a number of levels, but oh well...). Clearly they've got someone with their eye on the blogs.

The Daily Shows makes me wonder if the new media don't need a 10-Step Program for adapting to the new world, but just a 1-Step Program: Take yourselves a little less seriously. Of course, you don't have to go to satire, but if they just took themselves a little less seriously, they'd probably have less problem with a satirical news program quite often beating them on true journalism. If the "MSM" didn't hold themselves in a newsprint-stained Ivory Tower, most of their problems would largely go away. Oh well, not my problem.


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