Sunday, February 20, 2005

Blogging about blogging

I mentioned that The Daily Show had a segment on bloggers last week. Well, here's a video clip. Ted Hitler, now that's comedy. That was actually one of the better-written shows in a while. Sometimes, the show feels a little phoned in, but that night they were obviously feeling the muse. That brings up some questions about how effective bloggers actually are at changing the news. I think bloggers probably don't have as much impact as they think they do, and definitely not as much as has been reported over the past week. That's not to say that they haven't been insrumental in some of the biggest news stories of the last 2-3 years. But I think our greatest strength comes when we work with the mainstream press to get to the bottom of the story. We have to face the fact that not everybody is online ... yet. We can rant and rave (and I will), yet no one will read it because it in a secluded corner of cyberspace. So the solution seems to be that blogging and journalism should go hand in hand. That's my theory anyway. Now, we bloggers have done our part in exposing parts of the Jeff Gonnon/James Guckert scandal. It's time for the establishment media to get off their collective asses and get to reporting. Otherwise, I don't see how they've really done anything to inform the masses. And that's a shame.


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