2 articles exploring a similar topic in some depth today. In the WSJ's Keeping Your Foot Out Of Your Mouth, Jeffrey Zaslow offers advice to the myriad politicians and celebrities who have been caught in a 'gotcha' moment this year. Politico.com presents: The Year of No Comment, arguing that the fragmentation of the media and 24-hour news cycle (Zaslow calls this the "24-hour gaffe reel") is having a the opposite effect to that intended:
"Not long ago, optimists thought the convergence of YouTube, blogs and all manner of other democratizing social-media technologies would lead to a renaissance of authenticity in politics. Liberated from the filter of mainstream news reporters, armed with new tools to reach voters, candidates could shed artifice and bring back spontaneity to the campaign trail.
The actual result, however, is something like the opposite: A proliferation of cameras and microphones — and the knowledge that an indelible blunder can occur in virtually any setting — has caused politicians in both parties to button up and hunker down."
It's an interesting question. Are the permanent news cycle and growth of citizen journalism contributing to a more transparent society or, quite the opposite, inculcating a new generation of steely and cynical politicians out to duck that which they can't manipulate for their own purposes?