Nicholas Lemann, dean at Columbia University’s journalism school, takes to the pages of the New Yorker to rehash the same old bloggers-v-journalists straw man, contributing practically nothing to this long-tired conversation, though he does come up with some interesting items from journalism history.
The best responses:
Steven Johnson, tired of this, too, briefly offers “Five Things All Sane People Agree On About Blogs And Mainstream Journalism (So Can We Stop Talking About Them Now?)
Jeff Jarvis, meanwhile, rises to Lemann’s bait at considerable length here, saying he “would have hoped for something more expansive, imaginative, open, creative, generous, constructive, strategic, and hopeful from the head of one of America’s leading journalism schools…”
Then, again, Jeff is an optimist.