: A nice Doc riff inspired by the success (in ratings and economics) of reality TV:
Think of blogs as reality-based journalism. Like all these TV shows, they cost relatively little to produce, they’re done largely by amateurs, and they threaten Business As Usual, with its large paid staffs, etc.
It ain’t quite the same as TV, because most magazines and newspapers have paying subscribers, meaning that advertising isn’t their only business (just the way they make most of their money). Commercial TV still has no direct market relationship with viewers (who pay cable and satellite companies, not show producers or networks, with the minor exception of premium channels like HBO).
So I think big-J Journalism is still safe.
But it kinda makes you think, no?