Comments on: Bill Keller’s blind spots A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: MitchellS Sun, 22 May 2011 12:01:51 +0000 I’m just an occasional reader of the Times and follow stories about the paper because bad as it is, it’s still one of America’s two best papers and is, at the end of the day, still one of the premier news gathering operations in the world. (I qualify all this because the level of competence has been sinking across the board for the last couple of decades, so the best now can actually be fairly bad.)

But as to Keller: I genuinely think he and young Schulzberger are just too stupid and/or detached and/or disinterested in anything like publishing journalistic excellence with any regularity. The Times, also helped pioneer the newish trend of having the reporters stick their opinions into stories, all while failing to, you know, report.

And yes, I do believe it is exactly that simply. Keller’s just s***, which wouldn’t be so awful but for the fact the publisher is as well.

By: nedofbaker Fri, 20 May 2011 20:40:43 +0000 Felix,

I don’t know about the fixer issue, but based on this post I went and read Bill Keller’s column “The Twitter Trap”. Maybe his crystal meth comment was over the top, but his argument was completely level-headed. He didn’t make any rash statements about social media. He merely wondered about the cost of some technological advancements. McLuhan did the same in Understanding Media, using the analogy of amputation, IE he noticed that we are becoming more cybernetic. The car is our cybernetic feet, the printed word is our cybernetic speech, the screen is our cybernetic eyes, etc. Wondering about the cost of replacing our modes of communication is a completely legitimate line of thought.

By: TSTS Fri, 20 May 2011 01:42:38 +0000 Thanks for your post, Felix. I really don’t understand the NYT anymore. Newspapers are in big trouble economically. In that situation, shouldn’t they be interested in keeping whatever friends they have left? Instead, the NYT is run by a man who seems to be intent on throwing away whatever goodwill and reputation they have left. First the torture equivocation, then picking a useless p*ssing contest with the Huffington Post, and now this mess.

Dear New York Times, get rid of this man. Now.

By: Retrogrouch Thu, 19 May 2011 14:53:40 +0000 You did not fail to make your point the first time around. The problem is that Billy cannot read.

Just as you mentioned in your article about the value of aggregators, the ability to read and grasp the meaning of diverse discussion is a valuable skill. Keller simply does not have this skill.

Re-writing your point to a second grade comprehension level certainly puts it within his technical grasp, but now it becomes an issue of whether he WANTS to acknowledge your point. I suspect his ego will prevent him from acknowledging it, since to do so would be an implicit admission of deficiency in this area.