Bazelon, Abrams, Brill, and Liptak

This afternoon at the Yale Law School reunion the “Next Generation of Law and Media” panel was noteworthy. So I did my best to take some notes. All the alums on the panel expressed concern about the effect of the internet on mainstream media, but two (Emily Bazelon and Adam Liptak) see a helpful relationship between the online world and journalism. All of the speakers were worried about the economic model for newspapers. Brill, in particular, was pushing for new legal protection of mainstream media companies (MSM, in shorthand below),…

Transformative technology

Another technology was said to overcome key barriers between the voter and the candidate: the barriers of distance, of time, of inertia, and of crowd psychology. It brought to the physically remote voter a type of first-hand information he had never had before. There was great excitement. Would this new technology prick into quicker, more coherent action our unwieldy democratic giant? Or with its shining novelty would its seeming power too be gone? What were the inherent political potentialities of this new technology? Aside from the immense publicity value which…