Greg at BTD links to this great flash animation that's apparently been making the rounds for some time, but which was in any case new to me. I was trying to decide whether I agreed with Greg's claim that "[t]he media universe imagined in 'EPIC' couldn't exist without some good old fashioned news reporting" when I came across this bizarre piece in today's Times about a smell emanating from New Jersey. In it Jonathan Miller has apparently lifted a series of bloggers' speculations and applied some of that good old fashioned news reporting (along with a gorgeous maple syrup photo) to fill in some of the details -- but of course not all! Anyway this juxtaposition -- the perennial question of whether blogs would survive without a media to piggyback vs Jonathan Miller's cheeky blog-inspired fluff piece -- made me laugh.
January 5, 2006