Friday, February 18, 2005

Blogs and the MSM

Yesterday Peggy Noonan had a wonderful op-ed at OpinionJournal.com that sums up where she thinks the relationship between blogs and the media is headed. She is an excellent writer, and one of her main points is:
"Blogging changes how business is done in American journalism. The MSM
isn't over. It just can no longer pose as if it is The Guardian of Established
Truth. The MSM is just another player now. A big one, but a player."

This is a good way to put it. Mainstream media isn't going away altogether. But they now have a (relatively) new form of competition. There is a large and growing blogosphere that has nothing better to do than wait for some journalist to make a mistake. Many bloggers are fine investigators too, and have a proven ability to scoop real journalists. So the result is new competition for mainstream journalists. Fierce competition, full disclosure and a truly free marketplace for ideas are what the blogosphere brings. And as Ms. Noonan so eloquently states, "This is a public service."


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