Forbes :: Arthur Miller, the American playwright and one-time college reporter and night editor, said a good newspaper was like “a nation talking to itself.” Back then, it was editors and reporters who had all the say. Many decades later, The Huffington Post upended the media elite by letting the audience in, too. It coined a far less elegant phrase, “the mullet strategy,” to describe a new kind of conversation — “business in the front,” or a home page run by editors, and “a party in the back,” all the other Web pages ruled by tens of thousands of raucous commenters sounding off about one thing or another. The conversation has been and always will be at the heart of the media industry.
[Lewis D'Vorkin:] As technology amplifies today’s strident and disparate voices, many of us in digital media are working to keep the talk productive — or at the very least civil.
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