Skin in the Game

Anya Kamenetz, DIY U, Jun 29, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Anya Kamenetz says I am not a journalist. "You write a newsletter and a blog about a field in which you yourself are employed. It's entirely partisan and entirely for insiders–you have no obligation to ever speak to anyone who disagrees with your basic premises, nor to make your writing intelligible or interesting to anyone outside that inside circle. More of a journaler than a journalist."

Well, I'm not so disinterested in the field I can be simply used by publishers to advance their privatization agenda (and I am involved enough that I would recognize it were it being done to me). So yeah, I'm partisan - like every other journalist on the planet. Regular readers know I regularly read and speak with people who disagree with me. As for making my writing "intelligible or interesting" - if you're asking, do I pander, then you're right, I don't.

I still haven't finished the book, but when I do, I'll review it. Honestly and fairly. Intelligently, and with a detailed knowledge of what I'm talking about. Because that is what journalism is. And what I practice. Every day. In this newsletter.
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