Would Benjamin Franklin Be A Blogger?

Benjamin_FranklinA biographer of Benjamin Franklin fielded an interesting question at a Smithsonian Institution symposium. If he were alive today, would Ben Franklin be a blogger?

Walter Isaacson, once Time magazine’s managing editor and the CEO of CNN, ultimately answered with an affirmation of today’s decentralized media. “All the way through [America’s] life as a country, you have low barriers of entry to the technology of information… For a very brief period in our country’s history, approximately from 1940 to the year 2000, you have a concentration of media where it’s a higher barrier to entry… Then the internet blows all that away.” He notes that in New Orleans there’s one monopoly newspaper, but “there’s probably a thousand bloggers, all attacking the mayor of New Orleans at any given moment!”

He concludes that Franklin would have a very thoughtful web site – though the frugal founding father might also be tempted to put his content behind a pay wall!

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  • tonyviner

    I enjoyed Isaacson's book on Einstein, but have not gotten around to his Ben Franklin book yet. Ben Franklin would be too busy with obscure porn sites to worry about blogging.

    • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

      Don't be silly. He'd be running his own.

  • Namelesswon

    What if Ben Franklin's family were killed in the park in a mob shoot out?

    • Dissent

      He would have become The Punisher.

  • Dissent

    He would have become The Punisher.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QDMIC24M4FMT6VPRLYNXE4CNPU Misha

    Benjamin Franklin is The Web’s Most Wanted Benjamin!
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