Grantland’s Jay Caspian Kang has a very good piece on we will forget this lockout ever happened. Here’s a snippet:
As all reactions have turned more and more ephemeral, so too has dissent. The current protest movement that has occupied campuses and financial centers seems to have grown not only out of collective discontent, but also out of the possibilities afforded by our new infrastructure. Twitter and Facebook have provided a new way to protest — the Occupy movement, more than anything, feels like a trial run for something bigger that’s yet to come. I don’t mean to compare the two in terms of cultural importance, but for a large portion of the news-consuming public, word of the shameful UC Davis pepper spraying came in the same size font, on the same platform, and was broadcast with the same urgency as something like, “David Stern just walked by the lobby of this hotel. Details coming.”
As a news junkie who splits his time between NYT and ESPN, I can relate to Kang’s assessment of how this bifurcation likely affects us all. Bloggers in particular face a particular pressure to chase after the next and newest story, which more often than not means we are depriving our audiences, much less ourselves the opportunity to take stock about what really happened.