Thomas KnÃ¼wer says that newspaper blogs are all gray and dull.
In the journalism blog at the Handelsblatt (Germany’s Wall Strasse Journal), KnÃ¼we continues the discussion about Michael Hiltzik’s nom de snarks, newspaper blogs, transparency, and the reason why journalists have such a problem having open discussions with their readers. I don’t have my German dictionary with me, so I’ll paraphrase rather than translate what he says:
Perhaps this is a reason why so many blogs by professional journalists are so gray and dull: They don’t want to take fire for their opinions. In a paper, this is easy. One writes an article and gets perhaps angry calls and two or three letters and that’s that. In TV, the hotline takes the criticism; ditto radio.
In the internet, its much easier for readers to respond. And they impudently wait for a discussion. That’s hard; that’s work; that’s not normal.
But I’ll earnestly say: It makes for (saumÃ¤ÃŸigen?) fun. And it helps test your own arguments.
Now that’s the attitude.