September 19, 2002

Weblogs, Journalism, and The Panel

I’ve never seriously tried to practice journalism in my humble weblog but the potential exists in weblogs to redefine the way information is aggregated and distributed to the masses. Since the web enables anyone to publish their work to a worldwide audience (provided they can pay the various fees which have already been established) news formats such as weblogs have sprung up with abundance and the intellectual wealth of the internet is better (and at the same time, in some ways, worse) as the result.

Consider some of the great publishing tools and resources which have prospered as a result of web publishing: Slashdot, Kuro5hin, Metafilter, The Morning News, K10k, Blogger, Blogdex, Daypop … and many others.

As a result of this proliferation of web publishing there’s a huge new gray area of journalism. A lot of questions and legalities loom as professional journalists-turned-bloggers are being fired from their organizations for blogging about issues their editor disapproves of. Other bloggers have been sued for liable.

These were a few of the issues that were batted around at the panel discusion I attended at UC Berkeley the other night. More perspectives: J.D. Lassica, Dan Gillmore, Scott Rosenberg, Quasistoic, Radio Free Blogistan

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