Tina Brown’s need for closure

This quote by former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown (published first in Newsday.com a month ago) is destined to become a classic, because it continues to show up in articles and commentaries on the media issue of blogs and blogging.

Because of the blogs, there is no final version of the truth and that can become genuinely muddying and muddling, because there’s never any kind of closure on an issue.
I’ve included it here, because it beautifully illustrates the difference between Modernist and Postmodernist thinking. In a world where logic and hierarchy rule, closure is inevitable, because there is always an authority or source through whom one can find resolution. This “truth” is what has governed us throughout Modern times, and all of our institutions are built on its foundation.

In a Postmodern world, however, hierarchy loses its footing amid chaos, educated experts give way to personal experience, and closure is, well, unnecessary, because each occurrence of and in life has its own roots, environment and individuals. Truth isn’t always absolute in the Postmodern mind, so it’s understandable that Tina would be frustrated by what is essentially a Postmodern phenomenon (blogging).

I’m happy to see this kind of statement being bandied about, because it crystalizes the line between these two schools of thought and makes it easier to see what’s coming.

In the words of the immortal Carpenters: “We’ve only just begun.”


  1. They should start identifying their experts. The bloggers will take it from there.

  2. …The Final Version of the Truth is a fantasy that the Media uses to sustain beleif in ther own relevance.

    “Experts say blah blah blah” — Done. Over. Canonical Truth. You heard it here first. Next story.

    Your customers know more than all of your experts. And they are talking to each other. About you and what you and your experts said.

    And we’re turning off the TV and reading. And writing.

  3. Nice comments, Sum. We hope you’ll identify yourself sum day. Regardless, feel free to chime in. Everybody matters in the new world.

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