April 23, 2002
Journalistic Whores and Blogger Sluts

(My title is purely -- impurely? -- metaphorical, and not intended to refer to the sexual habits of any journalist, or blogger, of either gender or any orientation.)

Today's Microcontent News has an interesting note on how much bloggers hate traditional journalists. That reminds me of something I once wrote in a scholarly article on the satirist Juvenal:

When Beavis says of his mother (on MTV’s "Beavis and Butthead" show), "she’s not a whore, she’s a slut -- she doesn’t charge for it", he is defending her character, up to a point.

Bloggers, as I have already implied in my previous note, tend to feel much the same way. Journalists, on the other hand, seem to share the ancient Roman attitude that a slut is worse than a whore -- their actions are morally equivalent, but one of them is too stupid to make any money out of what she (or he) does.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at April 23, 2002 10:38 AM