Saying the quiet part out loud about media vs. tech: "The internet in general—and social media platforms in particular—have destroyed one of the media’s most important sources of power: being the only place that could offer access to an audience."
"There is only one way the press maintains its power in society: By metaphorically putting the heads of powerful people on pikes."
A really interesting ⁦⁩ musing on how and whether news institutions can take back power they've lost
Media corporations are slowly realizing that leverage has shifted. You don’t need to give free content to Bezos, Sulzberger, or Murdoch employees to get the word out anymore. Just build your own audience, and go direct if you have something to say.
People have realized they don’t need the elite media to speak to their audience, and don’t want to live in fear of them either. Unsurprisingly the media doesn’t like it.
Locked account comments: "the piece is built around the lament, apparently, that people can refuse interview requests without fearing retaliation. this is a marvelous symbol of how defenses of press conflate self-interest with public interest value."
Privileged journalist expresses entitlement regarding access to companies, in spite of repeated demonstrations of hostility. Attempts to launder sense of entitlement by labeling his opponents "powerful."
“Journalism is about bringing important people to heel, on behalf of the public. There is nothing devious or ignoble about this; a powerful press, for all its flaws, is good for democracy, and tends to promote equality by holding big shots in check.”
You no longer need to pay a toll to a media middleman to reach an audience. You don’t need them at all. “The internet...destroyed one of the media’s most important sources of power: being the only place that could offer access to an audience.”
This is a pretty bald-faced admission from a editor: “journalism, particularly at the highest level, is about raw power.”
The self aggrandizement is extreme with this one