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Old Media vs New Media… a neverending tale

Here we go again. This was a good read, if not at least for a good chortle. I won’t reference most it, except for a few choice morsals that I excerpted with my notations. I recommend that you read the entire article at the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Bloggers are forever telling us how easy journalism is, yet very few of them have ever really practiced it. Sure, they may have written a raft of opinion pieces that compare favorably to the work of Molly Ivins or Ann Coulter, but opinion writing is a tiny–and let’s be honest, inconsequential–corner of the journalism world. Real journalism, which is to say, adding to the store of public knowledge by reporting news, is a difficult, thankless, and often unpleasant task. Yet bloggers want no part of it. Everyone wants E.J. Dionne’s job; no one wants to be Michael Dobbs.

Heh, tell it to news anchors like Dan Rather. So instead of calling them journalists perhaps we should just call them reporters, and leave the commenting to us bloggers.

Daniel Gross makes the case in Slate that the blog bubble is about to burst. A Gallup survey showed that in 2005, the blog audience showed zero growth for the first time in the medium’s history.

A nice try at disinformation if the ever was. Tell that to Technorati bud.

One commentor opines:

I can’t understand why it’s so hard to understand that everyone’s got an opinion, a viewpoint, a story to tell, pictures of their kids to share. And all blogs do is entitle them to a bit of space in “the media” to do so.

Amen brother.

Like I’ve always said… if we’re so irrelevant, why are they always talking about us bloggers? Keep talking boys and girls because we appreciate the free press. And watch your back because like it or not we’re here for the long haul.

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Written April 25th, 2006 by | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips

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