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    I do think that the whole profession of "Journalist" is probably on the endangered list these days.

    I myself am an IT person, and three years ago you might have told me to worry that my job would become socially irrelevant.  But it turns out that the more programming we do, the more programming we need to do.  No matter how much they outsource to India, there's still more to be done over here close to the customer who's asking for it to be done.  So I feel a lot safer than I did 3 years ago.

    But "Journalists" should be scared shitless.  If they had an ounce of credibility as an institution they would not be facing this massive blog-led revolt.  If they had not so consistently showed themselves to be the tools of propagandists they would not now be in such danger of being completely replaced by a million clicking amateurs.

    And the more I see this kind of garbage, the more indifferent I am to the spectre of a bunch of out-of-work journalists sitting in their shitty apartments and wondering if they should eat a gun today.  The function of journalism in a free society is arguably the most important to keeping that society free -- timely and relevant information.  Ignorant voters may as well not have the right to vote.  Journalists shirking their duty in the name of convenience, or access to power, or whatever lowers them to about the level of street whores, without any of the social excuses that a street whore could offer -- a highly educated journalist has to choose to debase their profession.

    In the future, we may not even need to bother with news anchors or columnists or newspapers.  You won't see me crying a fucking river.

    Iraq has seen more corners than a two-hundred year old hooker made out of Rubik's Cubes. -- David Rees, GYWO

    by slippytoad on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 12:42:54 PM PST

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