What Daniel Schorr said: (From Today’s USA Today in a brief piece about Schorr turning 90) “He finds the new Internet world both fascinating and scary. What is good about it is people will not be able to suppress the news because you can always have a blogger who gets the story out,” Schorr says. “But what we have here is a medium in which there is no publisher, no editor, no anything. It’s just you and a little machine and you can make history. I find that scary. Nobody should get into print or on the air without some kind of editor. I have an institutional belief that nobody can be above having a good editor.”
I know it may come as a surprise, but I agree with Daniel Schorr on this one. I have an institutional belief that nobody can be above having a good editor. In my case, I mean that if you are writing or talking on the radio, etc., on behalf of an institution or as the employee of an institution, then it’s a good thing to have an editor of some kind. However, it is my personal belief that a blog is merely a publishing tool — a communications platform — that allows anyone to “get the story out” from their perspective — to be their own publisher and editor. But if you get it wrong, within seconds there are other publishers and editors (in the form of commenters and others with blogs) who will start informing you and the world exactly what an idiot you are. And that’s why it’s not scary to me.