Sunday, July 15, 2007

Rumors and Wars of Rumor

Tom Wolfe must be borrowing from me! I've called the blogosphere that part of the media atmosphere with the least amount of oxygen, and the globalized equivalent of a small-town gossip network. Upon the anniversary of blogs, he has commented (In one of those insufferable 'get with the program you!' technology articles in the NY Times):

"One by one, Marshall McLuhan's wackiest-seeming predictions come true. Forty years ago, he said that modern communications technology would turn the young into tribal primitives who pay attention not to objective "news" reports but only to what the drums say, i.e., rumors.

And there you have blogs. The universe of blogs is a universe of rumors, and the tribe likes it that way."

Well, yes, I suppose McLuhan said it too...

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