Do You Want A Revolution — or Cable TV?

John MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s Magazine, gave digital media pundits an early Christmas gift with his column, “I Won’t Hug This File – I Won’t Even Call It My Friend,” in which he expresses doubts about the Internet’s value. Predictably, he was widely mocked as a clueless fogey. Critics took delight in making fun of his assumption that email is supposed to be “exciting,” his contention that the Web does less for democracy than old-style media and distrust of audience-driven journalism.

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