Monday, February 12, 2007

Getting to know ...

... Bryan Appleyard: Who are you calling gloomy? Bryan himself links and comments: Grandee Posts Early . (I think that Bryan, as founder and president of the FIS, is quite properly referred to as "grandee.")

All kinds of interesting stuff in this. I certainly don't get the gloomy tag. I think Bryan's one of the funniest writers around. I do get the right-wing tag. I like to describe myself as a libertarian conservative, but people assume I am just conservative. On the whole, I tend to agree with Bryan on on number of things. We both believe in markets and we bopth believe that government has a role as market referee. And I certainly agree that "the only way you have a culture is being conservative."
I guess where we differ is in regard to global warming. Oh, I don't doubt that in the last century the planet's temperature increased overall by a little more than 1 degree Fahreneit. And I can even subscribe to the 1932 model. But when somebody who declares that it's a problem "it might take another 30 Kyotos" to deal with is taken seriously, well include me out. I remain unconvinced that what is in fact a negligible uptick in temperature is anything other than a natural fluctuation. After all, the term "unseasonable temperatures" has been around for a long time.
But back to Bryan. He makes one point that ought to be tacked up in every news room: These "I think blogging is blogging and newspapers are newspapers. They are different things. I strongly believe and hope it comes true that newspapers will suddenly rediscover what they do best - which is being newspapers. I don't believe that newspapers are iPods, which seems to be the thinking at the moment." Amen.

1 comment:

  1. Archaeologists have excavated a trove of Stone Age human skeletons and artifacts on the shores of an ancient lake in the Sahara.
    Their remains still lie there, found in older archaeological layers and surrounded by harpoons, fishhooks, other tools, and remains of their catch.

    We are on a long long continuous climate change and so it goes.