Big Media Matt on the Move

Matthew Yglesias, affectionately referred to in the blogosphere as "Big Media Matt" will be getting even bigger. He's closing down his extraordinarily popular blog, which I've been reading and praising since he was blogging out of his college dorm room (okay, apartment) and moving to the new Scoop blogging venture about to be launched by Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo.

TPM will be changing to a Scoop format (like Daily Kos) called TPM Cafe, and Matt will have his own blog there. This is a great move for Matt. I've really enjoyed watching him grow, and I have no doubt someday he will be editor of American Prospect or The Nation or even Newsweek.

I don't mean to sound immodest, but I've been pretty good at spotting emerging talent in the blogosphere. Besides Matt, I've been a big fan of Eric Hananoki, aka The Hamster. Eric was a freshman at GW when we began corresponding through our blogs. He just graduated and you can find him now writing Al Franken's Air America Radio blog.

If you'd like to know who will be next to move from college blogger to big liberal media, here's my bet: Ezra Klein. Formerly half of Pandagon (not to take anything away from Jesse who is equally exceptional, but like Oliver, he's not in college anymore --Jesse moved on to Springer on the Radio and Oliver to Media Matters,) Ezra is destined for the big time. He's about to graduate, and my prediction is, he'll be the next Big Media Matt.

Another kid you should be watching: August J. Pollack Xoverboard.

It's a privilege to know them all. Update your bookmarks. These kids are the future and they will make us proud.

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    Re: Big Media Matt on the Move (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:53:10 PM EST
    Matt is smart. But he is young and naive. He still thinks it was sensible in 2002 and early 2003 to support the Iraq invasion. Even now, he is prone to misunderstand and underestimate the sheer mendacity, corruption, and incompetence of the Bush administration which, truly, sets a new standard for US politics. Hopefully, he will learn. Hopefully. The last thing the world needs is one more David Remnick, supporting scoundrels like Bush when he's old enough to know better.

    Re: Big Media Matt on the Move (none / 0) (#1)
    by The Heretik on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:26 PM EST
    You see things earlier than most, Jeralyn, both with people and with events. Hoping no one sees you as Cassandra.

    Re: Big Media Matt on the Move (none / 0) (#2)
    by DonS on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:26 PM EST
    "These kids are the future and they will make us proud." Only if they don't get (more) coopted by the system. Times and people change. I recall a few 60's era hippies who are now stumping wingers; of real estate tycoons; or even neocons!