The medium is the message. Books and pamphlets gave us depth of thought and expression. Newspapers gave us context, but also sensation. Radio gave us intimacy. Television gives us sensory overload and 30-second sound bytes. The Internet gives us community and the ability to “drill down.”
Twitter gives us spitballs. Exhibitionism and spitballs.
Don’t feel sorry for Ezra Klein. As the cops would say, he had no expectation of privacy.
Besides, there is a huge constituency of Tim Russert-haters out there who will turn him into a martyr if NBC decides not to keep him around. This might be the making of Ezra Klein’s punditry career.