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Vigilante Blogging

Wired offers a sobering story about the power of blogs, or rather the tendency of political bloggers to swarm (Howard Rheingold’s word). I would call it Salem-style witch hunting crossed with good old-fashioned conspiracy nuttiness. Academic David Hailey stepped into the debate about the Texas Air National Guard memos suggesting they might have been produced on a typewriter, only to find himself the target of political bloggers, an attack that included demands for his dismissal. Luckily his university, Utah State, stood behind him and the original bloggers backed down (and, according to Wired, apologized) but as Hailey points out, it leaves more than a nastyContinue readingVigilante Blogging

Will blogging keep the mainstream media in line?

Here’s a very interesting piece from Mark Glaser on the Adopt-A-Journalist movement, otherwise called Watchblogs. “The so-called “watchblogs” are generally anonymous bloggers who have taken it upon themselves to read each report from a particular presidential campaign reporter and then critique it for factual errors or bias,” Glaser writes. “If they gain traction, watchblogs represent another step in the evolution of reader feedback and media criticism, and they have the potential to improve the work of journalists.” Speaking as a journalist, all I can say is: yikes. I don’t mean it’s not a good idea: Journalists can benefit from people reading and commenting on theirContinue readingWill blogging keep the mainstream media in line?

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