Citizen Journalism - Howl, Baby, Howl

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Earlier this week, a tweet caught my eye (maybe it was Jay Rosen) that said something along the lines of Blogging is to journalism what an apple is to a pie. Of course, I've completely messed up the original meaning of what was originally said, which implied that you get a product that is sweet, delicious, baked in an apple pie if you read the work of journalists.

But for bloggers, that kind of writing about news and stuff is more like a quick snack, a juicy bite of the Apple. The former implies reflection, the latter brain sweats of info as it happens. Is this kind of blogging  still alive?
The complete lack of checks and balances represents in citizen journalism "a twist of the truth wrapped in a false promise: that this blogging army is coordinated and uniform in its intentions. Forget it, you've been conned by an elite and persuasive group of pissed-off anti-paperians." (via Poynter Online)

This distinction came to mind when I was listening to NPR.org about an individual web site owner who published restricted videos--darn it, can't find the link--online and promised more. Where angels fear to tread, fools rush in phrase comes to mind. Yet, isn't this what frontier newspapermen did? I still remember my admiration for the newsman--Mr. Dutton Peabody--in Jimmy Stewart's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." Peabody exclaims:
Good people of Shinbone; I, I'm your conscience, I'm the small voice that thunders in the night, I'm your watchdog who howls against the wolves, I, I'm your father confessor! I - I'm... what else am I? 
Great stuff. Are you watchdog or wolf?

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Comments

Jeff Huebner said…
I'd imagine that great juicy bites of apples really do exist. In the education field, my 6th graders have done an awesome job answering and discussing via blogs in the classroom. It's exciting to read somebody who is passionate about writing, and know that there is a future in it for my students who also share that joy. The real question might be something like, "with all the rotten apples floating around the internet, how can we find the juicy ones on a regular basis?

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