March 19, 2008

Why we like Blogs

In Andrew Bolt's words...

"Steve Boriss of The Future of News hails the rise of blogging over traditional journalism:

Blogging allows rumors to be followed by updates, journalism doesn’t. Bloggers are independent of oversight by editors who slow down publication while removing the style, opinion, rumors, risk, and edge. Journalists aren’t. Oh, and there’s one more difference. Blogging is growing because news consumers prefer all of the above. Journalism isn’t."

It would appear that Bloggers and the media’s uneasy co-existence continues. Not meaning to sound exceedingly defensive of the latter, fact is, we bloggers do rely on big media for information, for mine the fun part involves the intermittent non-acceptance and dissection facet of what some have called, citizen journalism.

Andrew Bolt's excellent blog can be viewed here

What do you think

24 comments:

WomanHonorThyself said...

What do I think Otto?..I think u do a stellar job my friend!
Keep blogging!

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

Link note: A few minutes ago I made two tries at following the link to Andrew Bolt's blog. Both times, I got the following: Database Error: Unable to connect to your database. Your database appears to be turned off or the database connection settings in your config file are not correct. Please contact your hosting provider if the problem persists.

I hope this is a temporary technical glitch.

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

Now, about the issue of blogging and journalism.

There's change happening. Traditional journalism, at least the elite-controlled version that America enjoys(?), will have to adapt or become a specialty niche in the information marketplace.

What strikes me is how similar the general style of bloggers is, to the 1880s newspapers in post-frontier North Dakota that I used to read.

Both have an in-you-face attitude, and a refreshing mix of unabashed bias coupled with colorful reporting of facts.

It's generally possible to sort out fact from opinion: particularly since the opinions are so explicitly stated.

Exciting times we live in.

David Schantz said...

I go to the mainstream to find out if something happened then to blog sites to find out what it was that happened.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

The main reason for the medias problem with blogging is because it proves that we are no longer the brain dead followers of biased news coverage that was the case when the big three, NBC, CBS, and ABC ruled the airways.

The media knows we think for ourselves now and they no longer have the controlling influence they once had!

The Historian said...

Blogs are the future and are booming as we live and breathe. Thank goodness.

Layla Elizabeth said...

Hi Otto!

I think people like blogs because they are based on truth, most times and they are refreshing. Being a writer I can tell you that the MSM has left little to be desired and sadly the cable networks are treading thin these days with their own bias's.

People come to blogs now for the news, truth, and even when they disagree, ad least they know they are dealing with some journalist who is piled high in deep.

Layla Elizabeth said...

....they are NOT dealing with some journalist who is piled high in deep.

Sorry for they typo.

subadei said...

I think blogging is an excellent source for analysis. Further, blogging is decidedly tribal in fashion. Most blogs are decidedly slanted, politically or otherwise. Journalism traditionally maintains a red line between reporting (fair and balanced) and opining. And yes, there is a slant to various news agencies but they sell their product as "objective." Blogging on the other hand conflates the reporting with subjective analysis.

For the blogger, it enables one to connect in fashions that would otherwise be impossible. Traffic is great but maintaining an intellectual network that transcends physical and (in some cases) political distance? Well, that's priceless.

American Interests.blog said...

Angel: I know someone else that does a stellar job...

Brian: Think it is a tech glitch, try googling Mr. Bolt...

Brian: Great analogy in relation to old style journalism, be interesting to see how things evolve from here...

American Interests.blog said...

David Schantz: Excellent strategy!

Liberal Lie the Conservative Truth: It's a welcome refreshing change although big media still has too much control, I look forward to its erosion.

American Interests.blog said...

The Historian: Indeed they are! Even amateurish bloggers can be of value, present a less biased, unfiltered version of the world. What could be wrong with this...

Layla: MSM and including cable networks are a shocker of late ... While the overall influence of bloggers is still smallish, it has left the fringes, a process that will hopefully soon impact on TV reach and newspapers. Of course, mainstream would argue that they offer a quality product created by knowledgeable and educated types and corroborated by valuable sources...

American Interests.blog said...

subadei:
http://soobdujour.blogspot.com/
Thanks for the contribution, not too mention the incorporation of voices not traditionally given a space and time in traditional MSM...

Tapline said...

Otto, After reading all these comments, I forgot the jest of the post...I think it has something to do with blogging. I think we are a check on the truthfullness of the MSM. One might say we are biased. Well, If honesty and truthfulness are biased, then I guess I am biased. I will say I cannot understand when a lie, for instance, is not a lie and when a wrong is not a wrong. I guess I come from a 10 commandments world and not a politically correct one. ...hope this adds something to the replies....I ramble....stay well....Oh....Pajamasmedia.com has a piece on Howard you might enjoy....

MK said...

Yeah, we definitely need the media to bring us the information to bang on about. We also serve to keep them honest and facilitate additional discussion on the news events.

Blogging allows us to provide a slant on the news, something we naturally are, we all see things differently. We're not like the media who try to see everything without any emotions or slant. Well, at least that's what they try to tell us.

Americaneocon said...

Long live blogging!

The Historian said...

Amen to that!

Verlin Martin said...

If they truly think rumor is only good for blogs, they havn't read/watched the papers/news lately.

There seems to be more fact-checking going on in the blogosphere than dinosaur media.

GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD said...

True that. "Slowing down production" is what research is all about. Plus, in the new millenium readers are more likely to prefer research rich posts. IDK about ya'll - but researching, verificatoin, translation and learning a little something about what the heck you are covering will not only be desired - it'll be essential.

There will be casualities along the way. Certain sites that routinely enjoy linking to one AP article and then ranting away will be amoung the first.

Verlin Martin said...

"There will be casualities along the way. Certain sites that routinely enjoy linking to one AP article and then ranting away will be amoung the first."

Hey, I link more than one article!

American Interests.blog said...

tapline: Thanks for the head up on Howard, those Pyjamas pieces are usually ok.

mk: spot on mate, a welcome slant...

americanneocon: Is that John Bolton? Joke aside, thanks for visiting Donald...

historian: appreciate your coming by....

American Interests.blog said...

verlin and great satans girl:
Whew! I have just finished the first edit of forthcoming post tentatively titled, "Russia according to Putin". I just added the links, a total of twenty-one, so I guess I’m not likely to be amongst the first casualties…

Jungle Mom said...

I find it to be liberating. I can finally say what I think about what I hear in the media. It matters little that only a few hundred people read me!

American Interests.blog said...

Jungle mom:
http://jungle-hut.blogspot.com/
Just some of the reasons why I enjoy too ... thanks for coming by!