“The CBS mess variously known as “Forgerygate” or “Rathergate” is by any other name a seminal moment in the blogosphere that holds promise not only for revolutionizing journalism, but also perhaps for problem-solving on a global scale.
And why not?
Still in relative infancy, the blogosphere – that new galaxy within the journalism universe wherein citizen journalists known as bloggers (short for keepers of Web logs) chat among themselves through mutual links and commentary – has defined itself in large part as a vehicle for challenging the mainstream media (MSM).
Bloggers love fact-checking television and newspaper reporters and commentators, for instance, and have proved themselves both energetic and competent on both fronts.”
The full story can be found through the link above. Obviously. I am blogging, which makes me a blogger, but that does not mean that I am a credible blogger. And the point of this is that I think that what we do here in cyberspace is important, but it also offers a few problems.
The primary issue is that there are still many people who believe that if it is in print, it must be true or close to it. Now you can call me a snob for saying it, but I really believe that large numbers of the public just accept whatever you feed them regardless of the medium.
So while I will keep reading many different blogs, there are relatively few that make me think that they have inside information and or a keen enough grasp of the situation to make me view them as a trusted resource.
Jack's Shack September 17, 2004 at 1:21 am
It will be interesting to see what happens and how things develop.
mquest September 16, 2004 at 1:48 am
Earlier today I was thinking about this subject and decided to change the Blog description on the top of my Blog.
A few bullet points that are not in bullet form.(dinner is cooking) Blogs come in all types of flavors. A few blogs do cover news as a news source . Many just regurgitate the news. Most news blogs are closer to social commentary than news. Most if not all Blogers are accurate to their beliefs but by default are biased toward their own belief system. Blogs are changing the world. Traditional media should keep an eye on developments in the world of bloging. They can learn, adapt and steal ideas but they will still be in business. Blogs have taught them about â€œnews feedsâ€ such as rss. but this is no threat to them. We may make the job of the television comedy writer easier. We may put the paid commentary writer out of a job. News will adapt to this.
(dinner is done)