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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

weblogs vs journalism

In Rebecca Blood's book, "The Weblog Handbook" she described, in her own words, a few things I'd already noticed about differences between Journalism and blogging. For example, Journalism is edited and Journalists often respond to higher authority. With blogging, in contrast, you're your own editor, and you're your own highest authority. Bloggers are completely independant - freelance artists painting mental murals of their personal opinions, observences, and collective data. This, I believe, is exactly what makes blogs both the most useless yet invaluable source of data available - depending on a blog's author. Surf the web. Sadly, you'll probably find more useless blogs than useful ones.

A GREAT point made by Blood, which I hadn't thought of, is that bloggers who live in the thick of an influential news event, can often become unofficial reporters themselves. (and perhaps quite good ones) For example: say a meteor destroys the supermarket and people begin to get unexplainably sick. Your neighbor across the street quickly becomes frustrated by the media's watered down coverage, and feels the need to broadcast truth, so they type a blog telling the horrible truth of this new space born disease, every morning as they drink their daily cup of coffee. Soon they discover they're a journalist at heart. Then, perhaps a scientist reads their blog, comes to the town, and finds a way to cure the citizens.
Sorry. I think this scenario was a mixture of plots from Surface, Superman, and something else.

3 Comments:

At 6:59 PM, Blogger morgan said...

You wrote

... Journalism is edited and Journalists often respond to higher authority. With blogging, in contrast, you're your own editor, and you're your own highest authority.

and that observation gives us a way of reading blogs, of looking at blogs: unedited - immediate - non-mediated.

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger snapdragon said...

Yes, that's right. People not only write them differntly. They read them differently too.

Good point.

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger Berne said...

Look under the Fall 2004 class on the daybook...there was a project blog on the subject of blogs and journalism.

 

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