Regarding the sunny optimists, who see a future of bloggers and citizen journalists creating a benevolent web, a few come to mind, writes Martin McKenzie-Murray, a blogger and former political speech writer.
Melissa Sweet from the Croakey health blog explains the hybrid funding model of the blog, where a consortium of health agencies contribute financially but have no say in editorial content. It’s an interest look at new pay models for online media.
While western mainstream media coverage continues to perpetuate myths and stereotypes about the Middle East, online media - particularly blogs - have emerged as powerful tools to show the faces and personalities of everyday people, writes Daz Chandler.
After a blog broke news about a Google Maps lawsuit, mainstream media sites ripped off the story, photos and lawsuit PDF without any proper attribution. Isn’t what they hate blogs doing? asks Danny Sullivan.
The Washington Post has a new blog all about the “conservative movement” and Republican Party, promising to explain what the right is “doing, thinking, and planning”. Could be fascinating reading for political junkies of all persuasions.
Now that blogs and online news sites have become Serious Business, lax fact-checking, vague headlines and poor sub-editing just won’t cut it. To defeat newspapers, they have had to become them, says Ravi Somaiya.
This piece is currently causing quite a stir in the blogosphere: Why is the world of online journalism such a sausage-fest? According to Canadian columnist Margaret Wente, it’s because men love the “adrenaline rush” of online punditry. And chicks don’t, apparently.
So why should I do any work when other people can do it for me? asks First Dog On The Moon. How would you like to appear on this hugely and widely read blog, the most respected blog in the history of the internet?
There’s a clear formula for an incendiary blog. First an inflammatory sentence, then a tenuous connection to something serious and blatant insults thrown at sceptics. And then the comments! Any angry internet person can do it.
The Washington Post looks at how an email by a conservative blogger at 5am can run through the blogosphere, the beltway and the parties, and end up being broadcast to Tea Partiers across the nation by Rush Limbaugh in the very same day.
South Australia’s new laws requiring people to use their real name and address when making comments about elections online are draconian and dumb — not to mention totally unworkable, says Andrew Bartlett.