December 20, 2006

Content to be Rabble

Joseph Rago doesn't seem to like bloggers much. His WSJ op-ed The Blog Mob states that blogs are "Written by fools to be read by imbeciles."

That may be, but I must wonder: How many people check the Wall Street Journal web site several times each day specifically to see what Mr. Rago is going to say?

For all of the things he may or may not have right in his op-ed, I think I detect a touch of jealousy.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at December 20, 2006 01:37 PM | TrackBack

Rago is his buggy whip and rotary phone.

His arguments are vapid, anecdotally concluding, (sans citation) that blogs are inferior to the Holy Grail (print media)...because:

1)There is editorial oversight (just ask Kathleen at AP how vigorous that oversight is)

2)The blogs are INDIVIDUALLY an echo chamber. And if this isn't the chamber pot calling the kettle black, I don't know what is.

3)The wit is pedestrian...because Rago himself here is apparently filling us with so much bloated ego...nobody could possibly disagree. He extends the notion that only "journalists" can engage in "journalism"...and if that isn't casting a pearl before all of us here swine...I don't know what is.

This imperious, flatulent blowhard reminds me of so many of those "Thoroughly Modern Millies", in his Nehru jacket and gold peace chains, and his counterpart in her polka-dotted miniskirt and go-go boots...talking lovingly about how hip they are and everyone else is so out of it.

I've never met Rago, nor seen him in person, but I would lay even money that he is a wispy, balding (one strand comb-over), bicycling, Eastern prep school, librarian spectacled Poindexter who brandishes his title as "features editor" of the WSJ as a sword of Damocles over the heads of junior high students who dare to question his authority on the "best" way to gather news for their school paper.

Look, Rago...Kos Kidz are indeed echo chamber imbeciles but there are people like VDH who would clean your clock in the "journalistic quality" ring, and people like CY, LGF, Malkin and Instapundit have done more to salvage this country's information stream than ANYONE in the Ministry of Media. (by the way, NRO is quite an excellent blog as well).

Guys like Lileks have brilliant writing skills.

Either Rago knows nothing of which he writes...or he simply is flying white-knuckled into a future that sees him and the other millies as sepia hued photographs of bygone days of really ugly fashions. In this instance, his imperiousness has shown that the Emperor has Bad Clothes.

Posted by: cfbleachers at December 20, 2006 02:09 PM

Quote and link added at WSJ editorials: Written by fools to be read by imbeciles.

Posted by: Bill Faith at December 20, 2006 03:08 PM

Halp me mizter Raggo I am stuk in syberspac reeding blugs.

Posted by: David at December 20, 2006 03:23 PM

To quote Chef on South Park : Rago can lick my salty balls.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at December 20, 2006 06:17 PM

I kind of liked this one from Rago:

"... Instead, they ride along with the MSM like remora fish on the bellies of sharks, picking at the scraps. [...]"

So journalists can be compared to sharks and bloggers to remora. Okay, that's fine, but as is said about the blindfolded crowd gathered around the elephant, each has a slightly different perception of the object in question.

My perception is the remora are cleaning up the freakin' mess the sharks continually make whether it's during their casual eating or their feeding frenzies.

As for the "fools" and "imbeciles" remark, I wonder if he means to include those that also subscribe to or advertise in the WSJ. Well, it's probably not marketing week for the WSJ. Besides, what fool of imbecile is likely to remember what their assistant features editor thinks of them when asked to subscribe or advertise in their shark.

Posted by: Dusty at December 20, 2006 08:52 PM