Friday, July 31, 2009


Perhaps they could be better allocated.

For some reason it reminds me of the political conventions. Every year journalists complain that these are theater, not news, as if they never ever cover such events otherwise. Then approximately 3 trillion journalists show up in the convention cities to cover something which can mostly be covered by watching the teevee. And, in fact, most of them do cover it by sitting in the designated press area where they watch it on the teevee. The point is not that there is zero value in sending reporters to these events. There are other activities surrounding the conventions which are worthy of coverage, and of course plenty of important people around. But there is no good reason for that many journalists to go, especially when they, as a class, complain about it.