Over on the opinion journal Peggy Noonan is up in arms because MSN has slagged bloggers off,
"Salivating morons." "Scalp hunters." "Moon howlers." "Trophy hunters." "Sons of Sen. McCarthy." "Rabid." "Blogswarm." "These pseudo-journalist lynch mob people."
This is excellent invective. It must come from bloggers. But wait, it was the mainstream media and their maidservants in the elite journalism reviews, and they were talking about bloggers!
Those MSMers have gone wild, I tell you! The tendentious language, the low insults. It's the Wild Wild West out there. We may have to consider legislation.
Personally I don't get what all the fuss is about. With all this bloggers V tradition media, ok so if you had spent years building up your credibility only to be userpted by bloggers.
I can see why you would be upset at what you perceive as just some geek at a PC, after all what does he know about reporting you have been in the business for years.
I don't think there is a really a war between bloggers and TV after all how can there be one, they are two total different things.
It would appear that the war between traditional journalism and the blogosphere has begun. What's funny is the fact that traditional journalism, in its complete disregard for leaving out the "investigative" part of investigative journalism has created a vaccuum for a grassroots media movement, and now, being corporate behemoths hell-bent on screwing the public, are attacking bloggers as fake journalists.You can find comments like this on any blog these days. Lots of anger young bloggers who feel the need to defend them selves. Hitting back with the old your not doing your job properly...
In instances like these, we in the blogosphere look towards the King of Fake Journalists, John Stewart, for attribution and a voice that will be heard. Last night's Daily Show episode commented on a story broken by America Blog, regarding the lies and deceit about another fake journalist named Jeff Gannon, who has been in the news recently. Here's a bit torrent link, and here's an alternate of last night's Daily Show in its entirety in Ogg Media format (you'll need to be able to view Ogg files to watch). Thanks John for actually understanding just what a grassroots movement is all about.
News papers and TV are reporting stories saying that they are FACT, when they are not.
Whether they know this or not is debatable. Bloggers who know that these story is ether a lie or simply factually incorrect post the really truth and the person who lied in the first place ether gets iimbaresed or the sack.
I don't see what the problem is, unless your a large US TV network who has just lost total control over the news and the news agenda. OK so Fox and MSNBC will still be able to control the big stories like Iraq and wars and such as they are the only ones who are going to be able to go out there and film, until a local blogger is found.
All this uproar is only about the loss of control nothing else,
Read the papers, and you'll think there's a menace growing in American society: the blogosphere. This fast-growing force consists of some 7 million people, all of them writing in online journals called Web logs, or blogs. When these bloggers latch onto a controversy, they can light up the Internet with angry rants -- and bring down powerful people.
Ok so it's not my society, after all I am English you don't see the times slagging of bloggers or the BBC there is no war of the media's over here.
So you have to ask your self why is there one in the USA?
The answer is simple because old media has made one, let's face it as important as bloggers like to think they are. They are not on par with god just yet, but some how they have got all this power?
The power was given to them by TV and the papers, the first time they started to quote websites and bloggers in news articles, they gave them that credibility.
Before bloggers where geeks on PC's, who yes may have had 100,000's of readers but no where near the reach of TV after all 56% of the U.S don't have internet access and don't want it.
By shining the light of TV upon blog's it is TV executives who have given bloggers the attention and status they have to day, after all if they had just ignored them would any one know what a blog is?
The reason you have to ask you self is why can not TV ignore bloggers?
The answer is simple if it was just a bunch of 14 year old geeks out there writing about how M$ had stole their sole with patch number 456X2 then no one would listen.
The problem is that the bloggers are printing the truth about incorrect news items on the TV correcting the mistakes made by the main stream media.
This is why TV does not like blog's not because they are stealing the lime light but because in this technological age any one can research any issue and prove them wrong.
Unlike a TV company with limited budgets who has, say a team of 20 covering the days political announcements. For every issues there are limitless special interest bloggers who know so much about a specific subject that it's scary.
EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYTHING. It's all too easy to imagine that the spread of technology is chilling America's tradition of free speech. Just consider how huge the blogosphere is likely to become. It's growing by 40,000 new members a day, according to the blog search site Technorati.com.
On their own they would be ignored, but put them in one place and make and interlinking web of the works to create a news paper on line and you have some thing that can compete with old media and worse still, the people involved do it for Free and don't have to make any money.
Now I ask you in the capitalistic society, that is the USA how can they compete with that?
There is no BBC in the USA they are not used to free news, but they are going to have to get used to it. Maybe that's why in the UK there is no great war between old and new media people are too busy getting on with it.