Those pesky blogs

Traditional media continues to carry its fight to the blogosphere. BBC Newsnight have added to their Book Club The Cult of the Amateur by Andrew Keen. It was "debated" on tonight's programme. His thesis is that information used to be passed down to us from experts and was therefore trustworthy, but with the rise of public posting on the internet, we are in danger of not being able to distinguish reliable information from ignorance and prejudice.

I wonder who they had in mind to be the professionals from whom we should meekly accept the official version of events? Hayek would be laughing at the indignance of the intellectuals (by which he meant the "professional secondhand dealers in ideas" such as in the media, not just, as we might understand the term, academics) at this challenge to their dominance as conduits of received thinking.