[eDebate] The CSIS Debaters Who Blog

Kevin Sanchez let_the_american_empire_burn
Thu Sep 10 01:34:55 CDT 2009


one possible rationale for anonymous-collective blogging:
http://www.economist.com/help/DisplayHelp.cfm?folder=663377#About_Economistcom&CFID=78068341&CFTOKEN=43771569

Why is it anonymous? Many hands write The Economist, but it speaks with
a collective voice. Leaders are discussed, often disputed, each week in
meetings that are open to all members of the editorial staff. Journalists often
co-operate on articles. And some articles are heavily edited. The main reason
for anonymity, however, is a belief that WHAT IS WRITTEN IS MORE IMPORTANT
THAN WHO WRITES IT. As Geoffrey Crowther, editor from 1938 to 1956, put it,
anonymity keeps the editor "not the master but the servant of something far
greater than himself. You can call that ancestor-worship if you wish, but it gives
to the paper an astonishing momentum of thought and principle."


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