Journalism

Aug 11, 2014

The neverending echo chamber of Chris Kenny’s prolonged Twitter farewell tour

By virtue of their reach and influence, Chris Kenny's columns have become echo chambers -- and on no topic is this more evident than in his conviction that Twitter is an echo chamber, writes economist Tom Westland.

When Chris Kenny decides to share a typically consequential piece of prose, he sits down at a desk to type a newspaper column. This column, through the power of a sophisticated, high-tech logistical distribution system, can reach an astonishing approximate of 110,000 readers each weekday.

In days of yore, scholarly types would communicate with the little people only with the greatest difficulty. Peasants toiling in the fields could pass through their allotted time on the planet quite insensible of the well-tempered wisdom of the Chris Kennys of their age. But no more! Leveraging the power of the revolutionary “newspaper” distribution system, Chris Kenny may communicate with the masses unmediated by priests or royal censors. Phrases like “the modern media environment”, “mainstream concerns” and “substantive debate” may be delivered directly to readers with an immediacy that is both intoxicating and frightening. Can Johannes Gutenberg have understood the heft and import of his invention? Can he have imagined how the printing press would give birth, first to newspapers and then almost teleologically, to the mass distribution of Chris Kenny columns?

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4 thoughts on “The neverending echo chamber of Chris Kenny’s prolonged Twitter farewell tour

  1. Kevin Herbert

    Nice piece Tom Westland.

    C D F Kenny, like many News Ltd contributors, writes as though he’s a journalist, when informed media watchers know that he’s just another stenographer for the Dirty Digger’s neocon agenda.

  2. klewso

    I’m not sure I’d want anything to do with one of his mass debates?

  3. Bill Hilliger

    Kevin Herbert. That’s not true …he’s just another TRAINEE stenographer for the Dirty Digger’s neocon agenda.

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