Life on the Internets
David Kurtz‘ mention that “until Wednesday, I had never met any of our staff in person, including Josh, even though I’ve worked at TPM in one capacity or another for approaching two years now, the last 10 months as managing editor” perfectly encapsulates, for Andrew Sullivan, the New Media world. Indeed, the same’s true for me. I’ve never met any of the current regular writers for OTB, OTB Sports, or Gone Hollywood even though I’ve “known” most of them for half a decade.
Relatedly, I’m increasingly not only annoyed but genuinely surprised when something isn’t available immediately online. For example, I was going to blog an a Csaba Csere piece in Car and Driver that I’d read while waiting at the barber shop but it turns out C&D doesn’t put those columns up until the following month, presumably in an attempt to drive (no pun intended) people to subscribe to the print edition. For me, though, if it doesn’t exist online, it might as well not exist at all.