on the media

Recent headline from the BBC News website: "Numbers cut through blogging hype: Bloggers who say their writings are a form of journalism are in the minority, despite the hype, two surveys reveal."  The story is based on a report released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Let’s just take a moment here to consider who had created the hype surrounding blogs as a form of alternative journalism in the first place.  Anyone want to venture a guess?  Anyone? … That’s right, the media.  Not to say that bloggers didn’t have a role in it, but – I just think it’s pretty funny that the media is so unreflective on its own role.  I’m not sure that citizen blogging would have achieved the status of "hype" had the mass media not taken it up in a big way around the presidential elections and after.

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