Inside the mind of an LA Times columnist

You have to wonder why newspaper journalists seem to be so out of touch with the public. Maybe it comes down to elite, arrogant snobbishness.

Joel Stein of the LA Times writes:

I don’t want to talk to you; I want to talk at you. A column is not my attempt to engage in a conversation with you….Not everything should be interactive. A piece of work that stands on its own, without explanation or defense, takes on its own power.

I get that you have opinions you want to share. That’s great. You’re the Person of the Year. I just don’t have any interest in them.

A lot of e-mail screeds argue that, in return for the privilege of broadcasting my opinion, I have the responsibility to listen to you. I don’t. No more than you have a responsibility to read me. I’m not an elected servant. I’m an arrogant, solipsistic, attention-needy freak who pretends to have an opinion about everything. I don’t have time to listen to you.

Hello? We don’t care to digest your opinion anymore. This is the world of Web 2.0. Read up on it. You may need a new job in the next couple of years.

47 thoughts on “Inside the mind of an LA Times columnist

  1. My my – methinks he protesteth too much. The old hack-job for life is looking a little threadbare and it’s getting to him.

    They don’t like it up em’ Sgt!

  2. Methinks you are right Vimto! But watch, there will be so much negative fallout from this, Stein will say it was all sarcasim and we are all too dumb to get it. There will not be a real soul-searching. The journalists in big time media are for the most part that arrogant. This was the truth coming out.

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