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November 27, 2005

We The Media (Ch 11 & 12, Epilogue )

"The former audience has the most important role in this new era: they must be active users of news, and not mere consumers... Public officials will ultimately pay proper attention to the interests of their constituents, and not just to the industries that pad their campaign war chests."

More than a summation of the book, this statement is a prediction-- But will officials really pay attention their "everyman" constituency?

I headed to Boston over break, where I spent Thanksgiving with my girlfriend and her family. Her mother is the international editor of a major newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, and I ended up asking her about the effects of blogging, and the advent of "New Media Journalism." Her response was simply, "It will be interesting to see where blogging is five years from now." At first I thought her response to be skeptical- thinking that maybe her obvious bias for print journalism was clouding her better judgement- but realized that the lack of judgement was in fact mine.

Blogging is still in it's primordial state, and as we have seen from our (very reliable) News Writing class poll, a majority of us are still more likely to trust a print news source. In five years individual blogs may gain more sponsorship, credibility, and reader base than some newspapers. What will be "interesting" to see is whether these new "everyman" bloggers end up effecting politics and policy in the ways print media does today. Granted, this has already happened to some extent- aka the Drudge/Clinton scandal, but the best may be yet to come.

Posted by DavidDenninger at November 27, 2005 09:25 AM


You're right, none of us can tell the future. The impact of blogging has been extremely great thus far, but we can only predict where they will take us in the future. But, (as you so wonderfully demonstrated yesterday with your excitement about your own idea for the future of online news) the possibilities are endless and it is all up to our imaginations to determine where it can lead.

Posted by: Lorin Schumacher at November 29, 2005 02:56 PM

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