Open season for full-monty blogs
It happened in the case of Jeff (Whatever His Name Is) Gannon, the suck-up correspondent who pitched a softball question in a White House news conference, only to be exposed by alert bloggers as a right-wing shill really named James Dale Guckert.
Soon after Gannon/Guckert was exposed as a man of dual identities, he was outed by alert bloggers as the registrar of several gay-sounding web URLs.
No sooner was Gluckert/Gannon connected to these sites, then another alert blogger posted several screen shots that seem to expose Gannon/Gluckert in all his full-monty glory, save for a few Photoshopped figleaves. (For the pruriently inclined over the age of 18 who are not offended by nudity and six-pack abs, XXX marks the spot where almost all of it hangs out.)
Although this body of work is offensive to anyone but the decorously impaired, it is the logical representation of the free, easy and unfettered speech enabled by modern technology. Indeed, it is a perverse measure of the new paradigm's success that self-appointed, self-righteous and occasionally self-serving “journalists” of all stripes can not only inform but occasionally infest the public discourse.
The liberation and democratization of the media should be a time of giddy delight for those of us who endorse the broadest expression of free speech. Instead, open-source reporting has turned into open season.
I am appalled with the speed and degree to which participatory journalism has been perverted into a series of increasingly acrimonious tit-for-tat vendettas. If the right wingers get one guy, then the left wingers have to get a right winger, and on and on.
We can do better than this.