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Friday, January 28, 2005

Slate rekindles the blogging debate

Tipped off by Jack Shafer's observations on Slate about last week's Blogging, Journalism and Credibility Conference at Harvard, a small digital battle of opinions has emerged. Shafer thinks that the bloggers are arrogantly and prematurely exaggerating the success of their medium as well as the extent to which blogging is revolutionizing mainstream media by declaring "blogs as the medicine the newspaper industry should take to reclaim its lost readers" and open source journalism as the "tonic for what ails the press." He says that bloggers ignore the historically proven adaptability of the media and the fact that professional journalists have been "Webified" for years, actually being more "Webby" than bloggers are today. He points out that none of the representatives of the "dinosaur" media at the conference felt threatened by blogs and that many journalists have even begun their own blogs. Responses were quick, many and varied from supportive to openly hostile. Theagitator.com agrees with Shafer, saying that bloggers have begun to take themselves too seriously. Jay Rosen on the Conference's website says Shafer, aside from being lazy and lacking decency, writes "false characterizations" about the meeting. Ed Cone calls his Shafer's article "boring" and "innacurate." Read the article and join the debate by posting your own comments.

Source: Slate

Posted by john burke on January 28, 2005 at 12:21 PM in a. Citizen journalism, c. Multimedia convergence, h. Young readers / New readers, m. Improving editorial quality, q. Regional and ethnic newspapers | Permalink


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