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<![CDATA[The Washington Monthly: SALIVATING LYNCH MOBS….Rony Abovitz, the guy who first blogged about Eason Jordan’s remarks at Davos, is apparently having second thoughts about how the affair ended up hounding Jordan from his job at CNN. From the New York Times: Mr. Abovitz, who started it all, said he hoped bloggers could develop loftier goals […]

<![CDATA[The Washington Monthly:

SALIVATING LYNCH MOBS….Rony Abovitz, the guy who first blogged about Eason Jordan’s remarks at Davos, is apparently having second thoughts about how the affair ended up hounding Jordan from his job at CNN. From the New York Times:

Mr. Abovitz, who started it all, said he hoped bloggers could develop loftier goals than destroying people’s careers. “If you’re going to do this open-source journalism, it should have a higher purpose,” he said. “At times it did seem like an angry mob, and an angry mob using high technology, that’s not good.”

The article quotes a number of journalists who are becoming increasingly disturbed at what Steve Lovelady calls the “salivating morons who make up the lynch mob.” Maybe so. But if they’re really disturbed, maybe they should start fighting back. For an allegedly popular guy, Jordan sure didn’t seem to get much support from his colleagues during this affair.

And even more good thoughts and comments…. I agree completely with Mr. Abovitz’s sentiment that open-source or civic journalism should have a higher purpose than destroying people’s careers. Tech pundit Esther Dyson has used the phrase “Always make new mistakes,” to encourage real dialogue and learning as we address new opportunities through technology. That involves an implicit acceptance of human foibles which seems utterly absent in the Eason affair.]]>