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Trading Communal Moments for Instant Internet Gratification
By HOWARD KURTZ, The Washington Post
Published: Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006
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But while I hook up my laptop just about anywhere, IM my buddies and
continually check my buzzing BlackBerry, one thing is missing: what I call
Ed Sullivan moments.
Now, liberated from the stranglehold of CBS, NBC and ABC, we can watch
news channels that match our political predilections. Read Web sites that
reinforce our opinions. Stream our favorite radio talkers through our
computer speakers. Download videos that mirror our obsessions. Add
selected songs to our iPod playlists rather than buying the whole album
oops, sorry, CD. The Googlization of books could mean that you just punch
up the chapter, passage or reference you want rather than read an authors
In short, we can now get anything we want, at the precise moment we want
it, tailored to our merest whim. Whod want to give that up?
Not me, thats for sure. But isnt something lost if you can wall yourself
off from views and information that challenge what you already believe? If
everything is ordered a la carte? If and this really dates me as an
ink-stained wretch you like turning the pages of a newspaper because you
might bump into an unexpected story you would never have found online? If
you and your family and your co-workers are plugged into parallel media
While Ed Sullivan moments may be consigned to history, the digital age has
brought us a burgeoning army of citizen journalists. And that led Time to
declare you that is, all of us as its Person of the Year.
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