The Sound of the Crowd

(Re)Statement Of Purpose

“I think it’s implicit in the way that a Web site is produced that our standards of accuracy are lower. Besides, immediacy is more important than accuracy, and humor is more important than accuracy.”

So says a quote in this New York Times article about a failed journalist who has found new success with a web site free of those pesky ethics that constrained pre-Drudge, unenlightened fools like Walter Cronkite.

For the record, this blog makes a reasonable effort to be accurate at all times. My opinions and commentary are pretty obviously just that. Immediacy is not more important than accuracy–that kind of thinking is how we got the Clinton explosion. Is humor more important than accuracy? Well, it depends upon what the goal behind the humor is. If you just want to get easy laughs and let the chips fall where they may, then yes. But satire requires a point of view and a point of view requires accuracy if it is to be taken seriously.

Not like anyone cares, but that’s my position.


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