Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Chapter 2 Blogging

In the very last section of this chapter Levinson states "not everything in the natural, Darwinian world is competition;" he continues on to say that things can live in mutually beneficial relations and this is exactly how I feel about old-media reporting and new new media journalism. I do not think that blogging will become so over powering that it will take over old-media reporting but I think that having both forms creates a more informed and active public. If information is coming in from multiple sources people might be more inclined to research or continue looking for the truth. People may not just accept things and as they learn more they have the ability to share their findings and new new media will continue to growth with the support of old-media.

I was also interested in how a journalist was defined in the section Are Bloggers Entitled to the Same First Amendment Protection as Old-Media Journalists? I agree with Martin Garbus when he stated "I would define a journalist as someone who brings news to the public." I feel we have glorified journalists in old-media, we have given them more power and a greater voice than their job descriptions deserve. By doing this many in the old-media format have become more subjective harming the objective of news gathering and journalism. This is not to say that bloggers do not also have a strong voice behind their posts I am just trying to point out that the criticism that bloggers are faced with should also re-evaluate the old-media journalists.

1 comment:

  1. Yours is a view shared by many. As for the First Amendment, it is a freedom guaranteed for all citizens, not just journalism professionals. Anyone can set up a printing press and print up and distribute anything they like (within certain common sense limits), and more importantly, anyone can make a speech and otherwise say whatever they want (again within certain limits).