BloggerPhobia…

December 15, 2007 at 4:48 PM (Uncategorized)

This writer wants to come off as someone fighting against made up blogging disguised as fact.

I do agree with a few points here, but many to follow concern me.

“Infotainment” has been a riduculous dumbing down of TV journalism in particular. CNN has too much of this sort of thing scattered throughout in bits and bites and parts of my own beloved “Countdown” (Oddball, and the celebrity gossipfest at the end of every show are not needed ) have succumbed to this

But the tabloids you will always have with you. So, live with that….

But here’s a shocking revelation: People who read blogs, and write blogs *already know* that on many of them, *it is up to the reader* to backlink, research verify…

“Take it with a grain of salt” is implicit in reading any medium…because authors have expertise, or they don’t and are just blowing smoke…authors have agendas, or they don’t (writing without an agenda is rare in traditional journalism too… )

Blogging is a learning experience. As a newbie, I was too credulous of some things…but then I figured out how and where to verify anything that wasn’t backed up with a fact or two that needed to be…. I agree…Blogs should be read carefully. Just like traditional news organizations should be checked and re checked and ratted out for bias that taints the nature of their reporting.

And *this * is the part that scares me the most:

• Journalism schools such as mine at the University of Georgia should create mini-courses to certify citizen journalists in proper ethics and procedures, much as volunteer teachers, paramedics and sheriff’s auxiliaries are trained and certified.
Journalists generally don’t like any kind of standards or regulation. Many argue that standards could infringe on freedom of the press and journalism shouldn’t be regulated.
But we have already seen the line between news and entertainment blur enough to destroy significant credibility. Continuing to do nothing as information flow changes will further erode it. Journalism organizations who choose to do nothing may soon find the line between professional and citizen journalism gone as well as the trust of their audiences.

Why?

Because it is those organizations who decide *what is important for the rest of us to know…* they have a set amount of time and resources….and within those limits *they* decide what our headlines are…

Let them write about what they’ve been writing about…and let the rest of us handle what they don’t deem worthy of a front page, a by-line or a paycheck.

When I began blogging….I had a great sense of *relief* when I discovered that the things that are important to me as a politically liberal woman, a person with impairments, a cancer survivor,…were and are out there being discussed…just not by USA Today.

If only the “Seal Of Approval” citizen-journalists are blogging…then, yes, there may be less fakery…but also we go back to the pre blogging days, when things that traditional journalists didn’t have the time, the backing or the interest to write about are harder to find out about, much less vett and make sure that the thing you just read that hit you hard really happened and was not created out of thin air…) because the standards of “What We Decide is Most Important to Cover” will seep into the “Approved Citizen Journalist” curriculum…and there you are…back to paper….

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2 Comments

  1. paulie11 said,

    Right on! I couldn’t agree with you more. Besides-all of the cable news shows already get a certain percentage of their content from the blogosphere anyway. It’ s a little hypocritical of them to criticize.

  2. Attila the Mom said,

    I agree 100%

    It also kills me to turn on the news every day and the first story I see is about Britney/Lindsay/Jessica/Paris/whatever poptart of the moment. That’s NEWS? grr

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