white noise

by Brian Clarey and Jordan Green

News and views from inside the media bubble

A vision from the shaman

If you work in a newsroom or love someone who does, no doubt you’ve heard the grumblings about layoffs, cutbacks, closures and general shrinkage that has been affecting the media all across the industry. In this week’s New York Times, media critic David Carr, himself a former alt-weekly journalist, comes not to bury the old media but to praise the new. In New York City, the self-appointed media capital of the world, he says, “Young men and women are still coming here to remake the world, they just won’t be stopping by the human resources department of Condé Nast to begin their ascent…. The next wave is not just knocking on doors, but seeking to knock them down.” Carr gives few concrete examples of his futurist vision, but for some reason, like that 8-year-old reader of the New York Sun, we just want to believe. — BC


Sam Tanenhouse quips in the Dec. 7 issue of The New Yorker that Sarah Palin took the anti-government article of faith on the right to the extreme this past summer with her decision to quit as governor of Alaska. “‘Greater than public office’: This phrase distills an emerging doctrine on the right, as its long-standing distrust of federal bureaucrats and costly programs careers off into full-scale repudiation of governance itself,” Tanenhouse writes. “On this matter, too, Palin has outdone the field, with her surprise announcement, over the Fourth of July weekend, that she was quitting her job as governor of Alaska in order to pursue ‘positive change outside government.’ One of the reasons we media types are so obsessed with the 2008 vice presidential nominee for the GOP is that she so embodies the merging of politics and celebrity, even more so perhaps than the Democratic president. — JG