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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Blogs as legitimate news

I'm not sure when it happened, but when I look for news nowadays, I'm as likely to wind up on a blog as I am a "real" news site. Of course, some of the blogs are run by media companies such as AOL or CBS, but I think it's safe to say that news has been democratized on the internet. Now what we need is a good way to determine what's true (or at least an attempt has been made to research and verify) and what's complete BS. With Wikipedia, there are others who review and correct submissions. Unfortunately, there's no such mechanism in the blogosphere where there are too many blogs to keep track of.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jimbo Big Toe said...

The problem with most news articles isn't the validity of the "facts" so much as the subjective spin put on them. It would be impossible to have an impartial investigation for each and every blog post out there.

9:52 AM  
Blogger theWatchList said...

Wikipedia's safety net only works on well known topics. It is very easy to make something true on wikipedia and have it go unnoticed for some time.

What sickens me is that former outlets for real news have all turned into talking heads and opinion factories.

I dream of a day when I can watch the news and get news and look to blogs or the radio for opinion if that's what I'm in the mood for...

8:58 PM  

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