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Saturday, August 06, 2005

All hail the blog?

Blogs are supposed to be independent sites with information uncorrupted by corporate interests. Well, in theory anyway. David D. Perlmutter is a senior fellow and an associate professor of mass communication at Louisiana State University and he writes that political blogs risk losing their currency by "jumping on the payroll of corporations and political parties."

He continues:

"Blogs are indeed a democratic wonder - the first instance in human history where an ordinary individual can communicate her or his thoughts to the entire planet, instantly, and without editing by the elites of journalism or government. They provide a real service, as a complement and a watchdog to the mainstream sources of information and analysis. But the cause of blogging is not helped by unwarranted and blind enthusiasm about their success that ignores the threats to their authenticity and independence. "

4 Comments:

Blogger Vasco Pyjama said...

Heh. Regarding authenticity, I have been the author of a fictitious blog in my more bored days... Though I declared it as being fictitious.

And in more self-indulgent moments have wondered if anyone thought I was truly for real. But yeah, its a strange thing. I have been following an aid worker's blog in Darfur, and have seen comments made on other blogs that were cynical about whether or not she is genuine. Heh. She is, by the way.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 11:57:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Vasco,
By using a Leung picture for yourself, you're as real as you need to be.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 6:19:00 pm  
Blogger Vasco Pyjama said...

You mocketh me. *kicks shin*.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 10:17:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

No mock. Really. Leunig is great, though his views on women are, shall we say, rather regressive.
A strong anti-war voice is essential...

Sunday, August 07, 2005 10:24:00 pm  

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