Friday, March 10, 2006
David, brew me a beer
The Economist review of Glenn Reynolds's "An Army of Davids" begins thus:
Journalism is like making beer. Or so Glenn Reynolds says in his engaging new book. Without formal training and using cheap equipment, almost anyone can do it. The quality may be variable, but the best home-brews are tastier than the stuff you see advertised during the Super Bowl. This is because big brewers, particularly in America, have long aimed to reach the largest market by pushing bland brands that offend no one. The rise of home-brewing, however, has forced them to create “micro-brews” that actually taste of something. In the same way, argues Mr Reynolds, bloggers—individuals who publish their thoughts on the internet—have shaken up the mainstream media (or MSM, in blogger parlance).Reynolds, of course, writes Instapundit.com, quite my favourite blog on American politics, and a model for India Uncut as far as filter blogging goes. I can't wait for the book to be released here.