Tuesday, November 30, 2004

It's that time again

Time to blog about blogs and blogging. According to the publisher Merriam-Webster, the No. 1 query online this year was 'blog'. That to me, is quite a milestone; it also comes as news almost on my one-year anniversary as a blogger here at Common Sense. Defining exactly what a blog is, Reuters says:

"That is what occurred in this year's election cycle ... with voluminous hits for words like 'incumbent,' 'electoral,' 'partisan,' and, of course, our number one Word of the Year, 'blog,"' Merriam-Webster President and Publisher John Morse said in a statement. Americans called up blogs in droves for information and laughs ahead of the November 2 presidential election. Freed from the constraints that govern traditional print and broadcast news organizations, blogs spread gossip while also serving as an outlet for people increasingly disenchanted with mainstream media.
And that is what the Blogging Revolution is all about, freeing oneself to get at the truth. Normal, everyday people writing like Pulitzer prize-winning journalists uncovering things that mainstream media just wouldn't touch. By the end of the campaign, though, some broadcasters were trying to follow the blogs to get the story. During the debates, commenters on CNN were checking what bloggers were saying before commenting on the air. Some TV personalities tried to start blogs, even. But those were just pale imitations for ratings. No my friends, the Revolution is here and new media is taking over.

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