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Why New Media exists. (Or, Sarah Palin’s Emails cause insanity!)

A picture is, as they say, worth a thousand words… or, in this case, several pounds’ worth of emails.

That picture is of the media, as Justin Hart put it,” jammed and running to the elevator to get the #PalinEmails.”  For those wondering, the “#PalinEmails” are… the collected email record of Sarah Palin when she was Governor of Alaska, and the media has gone into full Geraldo-Rivera-Capone-bank-vault mode over perusing them.  Not to mention stark, raving mad.  And that’s why New Media exists: not because Old Media has decided to devote finite resources to this story, but because they’re apparently ready to devote enough resources to make the whole thing into a sweaty, high-density spectacle.  Which would be fine, except that people were kind of counting on them to report, well, the news.

Seriously.  LookAt this moment Sarah Palin is a television pundit on a road trip.  So could the media please stop obsessing over her like this?  They’re starting to set off my stalker-detection alarms.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

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