Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! (1/6/09)


You could see this strip as an argument for free, web-based news media, but it also points out some of the flaws of that newly dominant platform. While the information presented on the freakishly large iPod screen is instantaneous, it doesn’t really constitute a news story. An older, stodgier reporter would have asked Oldbot to describe his symptoms, double-checked their legitimacy with a reliable doctor, and called the Centers for Disease Control to broaden the context of the story. He also would have run the article by several editors to make sure everything was up to snuff. The story might take hours to write, but it would be well worth the wait.


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