While it's likely that some of the blog-crowd will have fun with the story about a blogger whose pen was taken away when he showed up at a "no media allowed" event (even though he was invited to it) for Katie Couric, a more interesting question is whether or not the whole concept of a "no media allowed" event even makes the slightest sense these days. It's a concept that only works when there's a separate and well-defined "media." That just doesn't exist any more -- which you'd think big media firms would recognize, since they have no problem asking everyday citizens to contribute on news stories as "citizen journalists" as a story is breaking. A "no media allowed" event these days simply means an event that no one can attend. Besides, it's hard to even imagine what the thought process was that convinced someone that taking away someone's pen would effectively render them mute on the event. Other than that, it's probably worth noting that a so-called "listening tour" would involve blocking out the folks who would help generate the most conversation. Apparently, in the TV world, listening only takes place in special rooms with invited guests only.
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