Fallows Goes All Gawker on Us

The Atlantic’s Jim Fallows is an interesting, offbeat thinker, and this piece, “Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media,” is Exhibit A in the list of examples that prove his affinity for the counterintuitive. I agree with much of his argument but hold out a bit more hope, I think, that Internet economics will turn around enough so that for profit news operations will be able to support at least some public interest journalism from digital revenues, as Web ad rates rise. Regardless, it’s always interesting to watch Fallows craft an argument in a way that defangs the criticism  he knows is going to come its way.

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