Blogging and Journalism (Cons)

In my previous post, I made a case for blogs being beneficial to journalism.  However, the issue of whether blogs are good or bad for journalism is a double-edged sword, much like the sword wielded by my level 80 Paladin in “World of Warcraft.” 

Matt Armstrong: Using "World of Warcraft" in similes since 2010.

 On this Web site, Chris Pirillo claims that bloggers are not journalists because blogs are a new way of writing, not a new form of journalism.  Pirillo also writes that bloggers and journalists write in different ways, with bloggers writing what they “know, think and feel” as opposed to journalists writing in facts.

If Pirillo’s opinion is true, this would be very bad for journalism.  With an increasing number of people reading blogs and looking to blogs as their primary news source, many people might not realize that these blogs are, as Pirillo calls them, huge editorial boards.

You mean millions of people already watch Fox News for fair and balanced reporting?

The danger this presents is that, if the general public comes to view bloggers as mainstream journalists, it would be akin to millions of unsuspecting people watching Fox News and expecting fair and balanced coverage of current events.

While blogging can be beneficial to journalism and keeping the public informed, Barack Obama terrifically explained the dangers blogs can pose in this article’s sixth paragraph. 
Because many blogs are free of fact-checking and objectivity, and with many news consumers taking bloggers at their word, blogs can confuse and frighten the public in a way it’s difficult for traditional media (or at least objective, fact-checking media) to do, which can only serve to hinder journalism’s ability to compete against blogs.
In the end, the public may be the losers in the battle between blogs and journalism because they may not receive the news that matters to them.

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4 Responses to “Blogging and Journalism (Cons)”

  1. Miller Says:

    Here is something you can take to the bank in this class: journalists hate blogging and bloggers because it threatens their existence. Having worked in the industry for more than 8 years, I can tell you without hesitation that there is a prevailing attitude among journalists that “you don’t know, I’m in the know, so I’m right.”

    The truth is “the facts” journalists report are collected pieces of information from sources that contain their own biases. What really upsets journalists about bloggers is that bloggers have robbed them of the ability to be “the source” — the place where everyone goes for their information. This is all about the power that comes with controlling the flow of information. Regardless of what is being reported — fact or opinion — bloggers are stealing that power. In many cases, the bloggers are also doing a fair job of exposing bias on the part of the journalist. Journalists then do the only thing they know how to retain their power, attack the credibility of the blogger. Instead they should be focusing on how the viewpoint expressed by the blogger was missed in their story.

    Ultimately, unless journalists adapt and learn to expand their sources, and delve into deeper analysis of the information their sources provide them, it is a doomed institution. Journalists cannot afford to dismiss blogging as uninformed people with nothing better to do. Writing, in any form, is about audience. The journalist that ignores a large part of their audience based on an attitude of superiority towards them is the journalist who’s looking for another line of work.

  2. Social Media Challenge #1b –Why blogging is bad for journalism « Interactive Journalism Says:

    […] Matthew Armstrong says blogs can often disregard facts in favor of the blogger’s personal beliefs. […]

  3. thereandback207 Says:

    I definitely agree with your post. Blogging is dangerous for the field of journalism if people associate the two as one and the same. For blogs, there’s no one there to fact check and make sure what they are saying is true. Anyone can put absolutely anything online.

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