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The Rally Cry? Don't Clog My Blog.

Blogfather and Professor Eugene Volokh has this to say about that. Volokh's article is a good read, as recommended by she who skis too fast (a.k.a. Surfette or to most of us as Lisa Stone).

Is mainstream media is a "clog" to news? Do we really get credible, truthful reporting of the news coupled with full disclosure?

Blogs, on the other hand have been accused of creating a blogswarm. Blogs have attacked mainstream media, and they don't like it. Sure, the house of blogs has a lot to clean up, and there's no shortage of opinions on how to do it.

Or not.

As the good professor said in the first link to this post, "... blogs' criticism of media outlets may annoy some journalists, but it's good for the media as a whole. Just as media scrutiny helps make government more honest and competent, so media critics, including bloggers, help make the media more honest and competent. And because bloggers also criticize each other, they make other bloggers more honest and competent, too." Blogs have opinions, too.

In the long run, does mainstream media have any more credibility than blogs, or is it that we're both making the same mistakes?

Here's the message to mainstream media: Don't clog my blog.

But the message to blogs, too, is that we need to watch our own ethical behavior. Then, and only then, can we truly stand heir to the mantle of journalism.

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Posted by J. Craig Williams on Friday, March 04, 2005


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