Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger, who has built his career on carefully observed sports writing, used to be mad about what blogs and writing on the internet were doing to his craft. But recently, Mr. Bissinger has warmed up to the internet and taken to Twitter.
He told David Carr that Twitter is therapeutic. “Twitter is hard to resist because it is quick, real and I get instant feedback,” he said.
This sounds nothing like Mr. Bissinger two years ago. “I think you are perpetuating the future, and I think the future in the hands of guys like you is really really going to dumb us down to a degree that I don’t know we can recover from,” Mr. Bissinger said on Costas Now in 2008 in a conversation with Will Leitch, the founder of Gawker’s Deadspin sports blog. “I just don’t know where you’re coming from,” he said.
The episode began with Bob Costas reading over video of a “blogger” at work in a dark room, lit only by the glow of his computer screen. “The wild west of the internet: the blogosphere! A virtual bulletin board where anyone can post anything,” Mr. Costas said in the opening voice-over. Anyone can post anything indeed! Even Mr. Bissinger.
Mr. Leitch, who now writes about sports for New York Magazine online and in print, was forced into a defensive posture for the whole segment, but he doesn’t hold a grudge. Mr. Bissinger “has a very compelling voice regardless of what form it is in,” Mr. Leitch told Mr. Carr. “There is nothing arch, pithy or removed about what he is doing on Twitter. It’s very real.”