Politics, Technology, and Language

If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought — George Orwell

There’s journalism and then there’s this

Posted by metaphorical on 21 November 2006

“Britney is gold, she is crack to our readers. Her life is a complete train wreck and I thank God for her every day.” — Harvey Levin, managing editor of TMZ.com

TMZ is, according to a story in today’s NY Times, a web site that “publishes celebrity news in real time.” The name stands for “the Thirty Mile Zone that defines the site’s celebrity hunting ground in and around Los Angeles.”

I think it’s pretty generous for the Times‘s generally excellent David Carr to call this news at all, when the site’s top stories include the likes of photos of Tom Cruise’s wedding and “that guy who played Doogie Howser walking his dog.” (“That guy” would be Neil Patrick Harris, who shared in the rave reviews of last year’s stunning Broadway revival of Sondheim’s Assassins.)

Certainly Levin has an interesting theory of journalism when he says, “We have created a vibrant news organization that is breaking news in real time.” On the site right now, for example, is footage of Naomi Campbell walking from the curb, up the steps, and into a New York courthouse. Then, later, walking out. That’s it. That’s the whole “breaking news” story.

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One Response to “There’s journalism and then there’s this”

  1. plm said

    Well of course they get a good write-up. Those cretinous lechifers that squat on 43rd poisoning the atmosphere with their billious bombasticating know full well that TMZ can get the goodies on anyone. Anyone. Today it’s Britney and Naomi, but cross ‘em and tomorrow it’s Pinch, MoDo, Richie Rich and that hideously deformed troll wannabe Krugster. Fear the masses and cower before the muckrakers or we’ll tear down the curtains and show the old grey lady’s naked knobby knees!

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