Love it or hate it, TPM provides a glimpse of the future 3/17/07Posted by Steve Boriss in Journalism, Structure.
This article from the LA Times discusses the blog that calls itself “Talking Points Memo” or “TPM“. TPM is a highly partisan web site that looks to find the bad in everything its opponents do, and is blind to the faults of its friends. It is unfair. It is not objective. It has attracted a following of readers, many of whom are equally partisan, unfair, and non-objective. Its audience welcomes TPM’s leadership and helps the blog do its reporting and analysis. Yet, sites like TPM are pointing in the direction of the future of news, and are consistent with the role of “News Associator” described in the permanent articles on this site. That’s not to say that this is the variation of News Associator that will appeal to the most readers, nor that it represents an end-point in the future of news (my guess is that its format is relatively primitive compared to what is coming, and its content appeals only to a small, activist subsegment of the population). But, it does represent movement toward news as a freewheeling marketplace of ideas.