I still wish, 8-9 years after I first heard it used on TV, that broadcast journalists would unlearn their fundamentally incorrect definition of what “blogging” is. Instead they’ve added a dull conception of the use of “hashtag” and a poor understanding of “selfie.” (The latter is particularly awful. I just watched a CNN reporter reference “selfies” of “food.”) And yes, it’s broadcast journalists, not print folks, who mainly fuck it up. I think in part this is because they are schooled to speak as if they’re talking to the dumbest person in their demographic. They end up catering to the understanding of the lone random dead person who’s become a mummy in front of the TV and will be found by foreclosers in 6 months.
Internet culture is not that complicated but it’s also a little more precise than these guys think.
But you know, now that I think about it, I don’t need them to talk about it at all. If I was running a news operation (to anyone who has worked with my sorry ass professionally that’s probably a hilarious idea) I’d issue a ban on reporting on Internet culture at all and fire anyone who said “hashtag” or “selfie” on-air. Draconian, I know.
But that’s why I’m not in charge of things. Whatever. Keep doing what you do, Ron and Ronette Burgundys, no one with a brain can really stop you, now.
There. I don’t feel better at all.