Blog Kick Booty

February 8, 2007 at 9:14 pm (Uncategorized)

Blogging in general has changed the face of journalism uncontrollably, and that’s without question. It places the tools of simple online publishing in the hands of anyone, meaning no matter how bad or good of a writer you are, you can share it online.

It’s obviously greatly changed journalism as an industry, which is now quickly falling from grace due to the addition of this new tool. It’s certainly not change for the good in every regard. Take the use of blogger’s posts as credible, which has gotten many people within the journalism industry in trouble because it’s mearly heresy. I could go ahead and make a blog saying I’m Ed Murrow’s ghost and that Bush is actually a reptilian monster, and even though David Icke could back that up, it doesn’t make it viable enough to broadcast on the national news and get away with it. It brings into question what exactly is a reputable source and what makes it so, in order to prevent such gross mistakes of reporting as those that are now beginning to plague the journalist’s community.

Blogs can further dispersion of the truth as well as lies. Both CNN and the KKK have blogs a plenty, but just because it’s in print, doesnt make it true.

Blogs do serve good in the effect that they give the everyman an outlet to express themselves. Aspiring writings and journalists don’t need to send out query letters in troves to get some published, they need only set up an account and start publishing. But this cutting out of the middleman (AKA the publisher) has helped take away the credibility that print had before, because again, anyone can do it. It’s up to the individual writer to express themselves in such a way that it sets them apart from the crowd.

Old school reporters that i’ve personally spoken with often hate the “blogger’s revolution.” They worked so hard to get where they are now, and now some “kid” with a keyboard can report the news from his house. It’s empowering to the individual, but crippling to the industry. TV was already kicking print’s ass before blogging came along and joined in wearing steel-toed boots. Why buy a newspaper when you can read it online, for free, as it’s happening?

Like any technological revolution, you got to take the good with the bad. Blogs make it damn-near impossible to censor content, so every opinion will get out there, just not necessarily read. With that said, it’s best to just accept its existence and go along with it. Enjoy your blogs like i enjoy mine, but take them with a grain of salt. Every blog has mistakes sooner or later, so until they are somehow magically ironed out, keep reading The Times, for G-d’s sake.

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4 Comments

  1. Scott said,

    Caleb: I spent the first part of the week with senior managers from two newspapers in our organization. They are struggling to get their staffs engaged in the online world. I find your point about old-school reporters hating the kids with keyboards very interesting. It is intriguing to watch these two cultures meld — or at least try to meld.

  2. Tara said,

    Caleb, If you read my blog you will see that I seem to be all over the place on the issue and I must say that your blog makes complete sense to me. I agree with “Enjoy your blogs like i enjoy mine, but take them with a grain of salt.” It is interesting how level-headed you are on the issue and then how you end it with “keep reading The TImes, for G-d’s sake.”

  3. Devon Courtney said,

    You are indeed correct on the account that there are infinite personalities with blogging in their veins, and none should be trusted to deliver the news. Facts, on the other hand, will make the same point no matter who presents them. If i show a picture or video on my blog, it is that much harder to ignore than my blatant OPINION because of the fact that the picture or video really did take place. My opinion as a slanted blogger is only supplementary.

    My point is that one may consider a blog inadequate, but that there may be two kinds…one where opinions are presented, and one where facts are analyzed. The challenge is to identify them and keep them separate.

  4. Jon Pelland said,

    That’s such a good point that not everything put into print is necessarily true. And that goes for everything: blogs, newspapers, news shows and news Web sites. Your only going to get out of journalism what you put into it. That means you have to question everything you read and find differing points of view.

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