meditate on the meta of media

This is a line from Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times in an article in the newspaper’s magazine this Sunday morning. He’s talking about those of us who study media, from the perspective of individuals, media routines, media organizations, social institutions, and social systems. The term is not a compliment: “Our fascination with capital-M Media is so disengaged from what really matters.” We have been lumped into a those-who-don’t-do-real-journalism category with Arianna Huffington, the Queen of aggregators. “Aggregation . . . Kind of describes what I do as an editor. But it too often amounts to taking words written by other people, packaging them on your own web site, and harvesting revenue that might otherwise be directed to the originators of the material. In Somalia this would be called piracy. In the mediasphere, this is called a respected business model.” What a relief — thought he was talking about me and my blog except that I have no revenue stream. I just blog so I can have the pleasure of doing not-journalism. Does that make me a queen, or princess, of meta media? Read the article, link below, it’s good. But the man protests too much about his celebrity and his repeatedly being asked to prognosticate on the “future of journalism.” He’s proud of doing real journalism and of being not just of the media elite, but of the in-general elite. The son of the head of Chevron, he might have become one of the un-elite . . .maybe. But he landed at The New York Times and his eliteness was ensured. He and I were in college at roughly the same time, but my dad was a traveling salesman. My dad had a high school degree, but my grandparents never made it past the eighth grade. My un-eliteness was ensured. But some people do know me, or about me. But only because of my talent for mediating the meta message.

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