Monday, April 02, 2007

Patrolling and Trawling for "Trolls"

This morning Rex tells us something that we already knew: the mainstream media rifles through on-line neighborhood forums for story ledes. One thing Rex fails to mention about the trawl is the continuing failure of the professional reporters to attribute the information they reel in to the proper on-line sources. But Rex does sensationalize and stereotype neighborhood on-line sources as "flaming busybodies" and "trolls" in a fashion that gives


a run for her money. Busybodies and trolls? City Paper Editor Clint Brewer once wrote me to say that he wanted the CP to be "a resource for engaged citizens" in the neighborhoods. CP Snark Boy Rex suggests otherwise.

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