09 October 2014

Pop History In An Ironic Sort Of Way

What do these two stories have in common?

Meet the Press wanted Jon Stewart:
It makes sense that NBC would make a run at Stewart. The comedian-cum-media-critic possesses something that broadcast executives covet: a loyal, young audience. And it's not the first time NBC tried recruiting him. 
James McPherson's "Best Of" list:
I wonder, too, what will replace the “old boys club?” Will it be an “old girls club” or whatever constituency feels underrepresented on a highly subjective list? Is the desired outcome simply a transfer of power; a zero-sum game where one side has to lose for the other side to win? Or is it a neutral field where whatever is considered the cream will rise to the top. If that is the case, what will determine what rises and what falls? Is it quality? How do you judge that? Is it sales? . . .
The answer(s) reveal what is really important, on different levels, to academic historians and mainstream media as well. I find the connections predictable and revealing.

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