Using blogs and the web as a source for “grassroots” journalism seems to be a rising meme. But, surprise, suprise, one of the first great experiments seems to have gone quickly aground.
The LA Times decided to try “wikatorials,” online editorials that any reader could edit. The project, which started last Friday, ended early Sunday morning “because a few readers were flooding the site with inappropriate material.” The Times reports it shut down the site after pornographic photos were posted.
So much for grassroots journalism, at least SoCal style.
The Supreme Court says pornography is anything without artistic merit that causes sexual thoughts; that’s their definition, essentially. No artistic merit, causes sexual thoughts. Hmm. . . . Sounds like . . . every commercial on television, doesn’t it?”
Comedian Bill Hicks