Monday, July 12, 2004

Watchdog Blogging?

John Leo over at Townhall.com had an interesting column on how blogging is beginning to put pressure on the more traditional news outlets to be more truthful in their news. Apparently, articles that are long on speculation/agenda and short on facts are getting increasingly criticized in blogs. While it hasn't necessarily brought big change in actions of the news outlet in question, it IS getting more and more press and the trend it growing. As the pressure grows, how long can the outlet affort to ignore it?

We've already seen the power of blogs in many different ways in the political spectrum this year. Regardless of your particular affiliation or leanings, there are blogs to provide information no matter the interest. But now, in a time when large financially deep-pocketed organizations seem to have all the control over what is said where and how it's spun, there is arising a new form for "the little guy" to get his voice heard anyway...and get results.

Then again, you have to read blogs to see the benefits...

4 Comments:

Blogger David said...

frammin', jammin', didn't realize that "publish post" from preview actually published it. Didn't seem to from the way the page reacted. Oh, well.

Eric feel free to nuke one of the posts.

12:19 PM  
Blogger David said...

Aha! Figured out how to get rid of the extra one. Gee, this is almost as intuitive as Teamsite.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

LOL!!! Still the curmudgeon.

There is a ton of stuff out there on blogging's impact on journalism. It's a regular topic on Dan Gillmor's blog, among others.

As for your last line, Joi Ito has a relevant post about "no one" reading blogs.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Trying the links again. I forgot that the comments eat HTML. At least you can cut and paste these:

http://weblog.siliconvalley.com/column/dangillmor/

http://joi.ito.com/archives/2004/07/08/if_youre_reading_this_according_to_npr_you_are_no_one.html

12:36 PM  

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