Yet, per Penn:
In America today, there are almost as many people making their living as bloggers as there are lawyers. Already more Americans are making their primary income from posting their opinions than Americans working as computer programmers, firefighters or even bartenders.From posting their opinions. Sheesh. It’s notable that, per a Penn profile in The Washington Post, Al Gore fired the Clintons’ go-to pollster in the early stages of the 2000 campaign precisely because the candidate’s senior advisers regarded “Penn as arrogant and controlling, someone who pushed the boundaries of his job by dispensing strategic advice rather than simply interpreting data.” Ten years later, if today’s column is any indication, we seem to be getting more of the same: lots of rhetoric, but precious little evidence to back it up.
Here’s a microtrend for you, Mr. Penn: newspaper columnists who insist on perpetuating the tired old stereotype of bloggers as reactive and parasitic and trivial—and who still contend, with so much evidence to the contrary, that bloggers can’t be journalists.