Michael Hischhorn of Ish Entertainment, makes, I think, cable tv shows. I’m not into culture, so I’ve never seen a single one of his Ish or VH-1 shows – not Gossip Cop, I Love New York, Flavor of Love, and Best Week Ever. I’ve never even seen his business and economics show, 50 Cent’s The Money and the Power: When it comes to hustling for money, nobody holds a candle to 50 Cent. But I know him from his magazine-editing and Internet media entrepreneuring days in the 80s and 90s, before he left for the Coast. He’s smart, literate, writes good media columns at The Atlantic, and on the few occasions we’ve met, we’ve never talked about politics except when he might amuse the others at a party by making a delicate allusion to the fact that I am not a liberal. (“But you don’t look conservative.”)
When people are really smart, they are always conservative in their own special area of expertise. Imagine being one of Hirchorn’s leftwing friends: every last one of them is delighted at the travails of Rupert Murdoch, his newspapers and the future of his UK TV satellite system BSkyB. These people are right to be happy: Murdoch’s troubles are very bad not just for him, but for the survival of a dissenting voice in the UK at all. Yet to them, Hirschorn tweets this:
@hirschorn U.S.: no media regulation + robust 1st amendment. Few problems. England: heavy regulation of media + weak free-speech. Big probs. Discuss
There is no need to add a single character – not even an emoticon – to Michael’s tweet.