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December 23, 2008

Glenn Greenward over at Salon remarks on the the sneering references to "bloggers" and "blogs" in the mainstream media about bloggers ignoring evidence" with this characteristic being common for the blogging world. He says:

Given that virtually every establishment media outlet now regularly writes in this format, I'm really not sure -- nor is anyone else -- what distinguishes a "journalist" from a "blogger" these days. The terms have no real definition and no real purpose other than to allow the former some instrument for demonizing, sneering at, and feeling superior to the latter. So while these terms have long ago lost their definitional clarity, their true purpose means they're unlikely to disappear any time soon.

He notes that the audience size for some political blogs is larger than some cable news shows, and thus, it's foolish to ignore what is said on blogs and only pay attention to what cable news shows discuss, particularly since blog commentary often foreshadows what will eventually occur in the wider discourse.

The conservative media----the right-wing noise machine in the US --- simply invent pure fiction, trade in myths and specialise in abuse usually hurled at the liberal bogey figure of the day.The latter is a form of preaching to the converted pioneered by Rush Limbaugh about two decades ago.

More generally the mainstream media help to implant false story lines in public discourse,and uncritically publish what they're being drip fed from their cherished "political sources", and without even the pretense of verifying whether any of it is true and/or hearing any divergent views.


That leaves a space for bloggers to speak truth to power and to become a critical voice in liberal democracy's mediascape. Of course, that means greater attacks on the liberal middle-class Left by the conservative media in the News Ltd stable in the form of more rants about cultural Marxists, political correctness, environmentalism etc.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 9:41 PM |