What blogs can do

What blogs can do
: Ryan Pitts, fellow straddler of the line between big and blog media, has a good post on his group blog, Dead Parrots, about what weblogs and media can do together.

do think many bloggers are so angry at the media that they lump it all together, then bash it beyond what it deserves. But the larger point is true: The problem is information connection.

  • Diana

    I think it all comes out in the wash.
    What bothers me about the blogosphere is the “herd of independent minds” instinct, the stereotyping, the taking-marching-orders-from-Instapundit-(or Atrios), etc. Life’s a little more complicated than that.
    Also, if you are citing a source that is ideologically “tainted” (i.e., the Guardian, the Washington Times, to choose two on opposite sides of the spectrum), I’ve seen bloggers actually precede the link with an apology for using that source. This is silly.

  • Eli

    I agree with Diana.
    actually “blogosphere” represents
    circa no more then 20 main voices
    with no much diversity and a strange
    monolithic attribution of superiority
    to instapundit.
    i don’t try to insult, i just express how
    it looks from outside to non-american
    long time lurkers.
    Eli, jerusalem

  • Kim

    Maybe a blog reader can put this in better perspective. (maybe) First, I think the worst mistake you can make is lumping readers into a general category. We are as diverse as the people who write blogs. Second, we can read. The herd comment is a little offensive. Out of the “fab four” I read Glenn everyday. I like his style of writing. I also like the fact that he doesn’t have a comments column. (sorry Jeff) The professor mannerism of “go read” is appealing. I also read buzzmachine everyday and I like the fact you that you have a comment column. I enjoy reading the comments people leave here because it gives me a different take on the topic at hand. You have some great commentators. I also read fark, as well as 15-20 other blogs as well as 5 different e versions of newspapers. My blog reading varies depending on the spin bloggers put on a story too. From a laymans point of view, (meaning I do not have a degree in english or journalism, nor do I want a blog of my own) the blogsphere represents a giant op-ed world to me. I learn something new everyday. I look at it this way, here I have the opportunity to read and mingle with some great minds that I otherwise would not come in contact with. Anyone who complains about not having enough diversity needs to look harder or start a blog of their own. It’s all out there left, right, middle, bizzare you name it. The only thing I’d like to see more of is blog sites from other countries.

  • Information correction isn’t just a blogging phenomenon. My fellow NYT “Economic Scene” columnist Alan Krueger has written not one but two Times columns on his research on the non-link between poverty and terrorism–not to mention other articles, like the one cited below. But people keep drawing the link. Nobody can blame the Times or Howell Raines for that.

  • Well, I take my marching orders from Instapundit, and that’s why I haven’t been blogging much lately — I haven’t received my marching orders! Come on, Glenn, tell me what to write about!