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.”
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.
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.