Sunday, October 18, 2009

Quote of the Day

A comment from a Balloon Juice thread:

@Brachiator:
Punditry is the journalistic equivalent to the newspaper astrology column. Punditry doesn’t have to be right, it’s just gotta be entertaining and provide comfort for those who need to believe easily digestible bullshit.

I think that's just about perfect.

4 comments:

Eric Wilde said...

Yep, sounds about right. - providing the "easily digestible" part means its also agreeable to the reader intellectual bent (or lack thereof.)

Bob said...

Yep.

And bloggers pretty much practice ametuer punditry.

(Self included.)

Smitty said...

bloggers pretty much practice amatuer [sic] punditry

We do. But 1)we are not paid representatives of a professional news outlet; 2) we recognize that we are op-ed columnists of our own opinion rags with readership limited to people who mostly think like us and a few irritating contrarians.

Eric Wilde said...

we are not paid

Absolutely! And that makes all the difference. It allows us to speak our mind more freely.