In financial markets,
there is a debate about the influence of program-driven trading systems in
which complex algorithms working at lightning speed seek to take advantage of
microscopic movements in prices. News is like that too.
The professional bullies of talkback radio and the tabloid terrorsphereare bellyaching about trolls on Twitter. This is like Bernie Madoffcondemning shoplifting or BPticking off householders for pouring toxic cleaners down the sink.
Call it the Grumpy Old Man business model. At a time when our busted mainstream media are axing the jobs of hundreds of hard-working journalists, the market for menopausal male misogynistsin print and broadcasting remains stronger than ever. Why?