Blogging’s nothing new…

PressThink has put up what he believes to be the Top 10 Ideas for 2004 or “the year in press think, as it were“.   He’s got some good ones but the discussion found below the post is better, validating idea #4: “My readers know more than I do.”


On the perception that citizens are just now gaining access to media because of the internet (bloggers as journalists, a melding of Rosen’s ‘ideas’ 1 – 3), commenter David Crisp reminds us that the idea and practices driving weblogs are hardly new, we are simply an electronically jazzed twist on an old citizen-as-journalist tradition in the US of A…  Crisp gives us a brief history lesson, then this…



“…The bland monopoly press that most of us grew up with is a relatively recent phenomenon…  The internet has revved up the process to an amazing degree, but what’s happening isn’t entirely new. Americans are now simply reclaiming the media diversity that the founding fathers saw as our birthright.” (link)


Good point and validation.  Perhaps we’re not all that… perhaps we’re all that used to be, which is now in need of resurgence.  We simply got waylayed for a spell.

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