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New Media Versus Print Journalism: Finally, a Deathmatch!

Enter: Thunderdome

In case you are insanely interested in media catfights, you might not have known that new media dude and former EW editor Jeff Jarvis launched a counter-attack today on Slate's Ron Rosenbaum, who had previously issues a call-out blog about Jarvis' gloating over the death of print. Get it?

Here's the order of events:

• Jeff Jarvis quits working in print media to herald in the age of digital journalism.

• Jarvis laughs in everyone's face for losing their jobs in a field he predicted was dying off ages ago, while he is living it up, hanging out at Dubai conferences and talking about the future. (What is with Dubai today??)

• White-knighter Ron Rosenbaum, who also straddles the two world (Slate columnist, but also, author!) comes to print media's defense and calls out Jarvis hardcore:

Not all reporters had the prescience to become new-media consultants. A lot of good, dedicated people who have done actual writing and reporting, as opposed to writing about writing and reporting, have been caught up in this great upheaval, and many of them may have been too deeply involved in, you know, content ??? "subjects," writing about real peoples' lives ??? to figure out that reporting just isn't where it's at, that the smart thing to do is get a consulting gig.

Ron has a history of calling out the ridiculous, he was the guy who gave Esquire the once-over for calling Angelina Jolie "The Best Woman in the World."

• Jarvis takes the attack personally (natch) and blogs back at Rosenbaum, because they are both grown men and blogging is obviously the best conduit for getting your grievances picked up in the 21st century. Especially when you start acting like a brat, as Jarvis does:

Instead, like a pissy third grader, he attacks me. Because of my opinion, he says he doesn???t ???like??? me anymore. Take that, Jarvis! You can???t sit at my lunch table ever again! He reminds me of that same third grader who, when he doesn???t study for a test and sees the results of his inattention, whines, cries, and stomps his little feet, declaring, ???It???s not fair.??? No, kid, life ain???t.

Interesting note: when reached for comment, Ron directed me to one of the commenters on Jeff's site, who left this little note of goodwill for the new media guru:

my read was that rosenbaum wasn???t attacking you for your ideas??? but for your enormously large ego. it???s the ego and self-promotion that causes people to reject some of your good ideas out of hand. you???d think that at your age and with your level of success, you???d have moved past that??? why not start now?

Ain't adulthood grand? Especially since the Internet allows you to basically time-travel, and behave no better than those 15-year olds who troll YouTube all day. LOL, NOOBS.

(Pictured: Ron Rosenbaum ft. top right, Jeff Jarvis bottom left)

Comments (4)
No. 1 · Melita

Hi, just wanna correct one fact: Ron Rosenbaum' critics of Angelina Jolie's profile was for Esquire magazine, not Vanity Fair. Thanks!

Posted: Nov 12, 2008 at 8:11 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 2 · Terrence

Jeff Jarvis didn't "quit" to get into new media. He was shown the door after his vision for Entertainment Weekly was too boring for words. Like many print failures during that time, he ended up in New Media since no one else would take him.

Talk about waking up on third base and thinking you hit a triple! He's been a self-appointed expert ever since and loves to criticize other print folks for not being "smart enough" (like him) to lose their jobs involuntarily and end up the then embryonic world of new media. It's one thing to fail upwards. It's quite another to make fun of others for not doing the same thing.

Posted: Nov 12, 2008 at 8:11 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 3 · WriteBlack

Trying to choose between Rosenbaum and Jarvis is like trying to choose between painful boils and a massive face tumor.

Posted: Nov 12, 2008 at 10:48 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
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