Monday, July 16, 2007

James Woolcott on target.

James Woolcott takes on the "it isn't what you do, it is who you do" culture of journalism.

It is an old warning, but in my time in SL, I've come to realize more and more the delicate balance between personal loyalty, which is very important to me, and public loyalty. Public loyalty, that due you have for being part of a world, sometimes takes pride of place over personal loyalty. Nowhere more so than in writing about that world. Closed doors mean closed worlds and closed minds. Closed worlds are what the 20th century sturggled with from without, and from within, and which our own will struggle with from within and without.

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