Just couldn’t help myself. Deep reading,
Claire Handscombe has a commitment problem online. Like a lot of Web surfers, she clicks on links posted on social networks, reads a few sentences, looks for exciting words, and then grows restless, scampering off to the next page she probably won’t commit to.
“I give it a few seconds — not even minutes — and then I’m moving again,” says Handscombe, a 35-year-old graduate student in creative writing at American University.
“His schtick, which he perfected at the Post, is to present political arguments as data-driven wonkery, and himself as a pragmatist who follows the data wherever it leads,” said York, who has been critical of Klein’s work before, in the email. “He built a whole brand on that at the Post, where he appeared in non-opinion areas of the website and paper. Now he’s expanding it with Vox.”
“That has always been my objection to that type of work: It is often political advocacy presenting itself as disinterested, wonkish, pragmatic analysis. It’s not,” he added.
The difference between knowing something, the gist of the thing, and understanding the thing. Ezra reduced understanding of a thing into a tweet, which is basically the gist of the thing. But if you read the Post article you learn the level that politics operates on is quite different than the level that Klein operates on. Or FOX for that matter. I don’t think that this radically different operational levels is a new phenomenon, and a link is just as good as wink to a blind man.
I would not be surprised to find that some bloggers like Glennwald and Emptywheel are dealing with a lot of actual documents, whether electronic or paper, and writing as though they were going onto paper. Klein too.