Dinosaurs v. cockroaches

Dinosaurs v. cockroaches
: We are cockroaches, we bloggers. We can survive anywhere; we scurry; we sneak up on you.

Out at the media confab I almost attended, it appears from posts on their blog (including IRC backchat about dinosaurs, captured craftily by Susan Mernit), it appears it has an air of the stomping T-rex v. the scurrying roach. Says Leonard Witt:

The established journalists still are showing disdain at the bloggers. Jay Harris of USC challenged Markos Moulitsas Z

  • Deb

    And then there’s Jayson Blair burning down his master’s house.
    Standards? What standards? If Jesse Ventura and Arnold can be governors, then why can’t anybody who wants to write a blog?

  • Journalists have their trust, standards, integrity imposed on them by the organization for which they work. National Enquirer versus Washington Post.
    Bloggers establish their trust, standards and integrity by the quality of their posts — information, knowledge, links to back up what they are saying.
    It reads to me as if the established journalists are confusing the qualities their organization has earned over time with themselves.

  • Rob

    Integrity amongst bloggers is a concern, though probably not nearly as big of one as journalists are making it to be.
    When I walk past a newspaper stand I’m intelligent enough to tell the difference from legitimate journalism and trash journalism. I can tell the difference between USA Today and the National Enquirer.
    The same is true with blogs. Using my intelligence, I can tell a difference between bloggers who are purposely trying to spin or mislead and those that aren’t.
    Intelligent bloggers and blog readers are going to gravitate toward the blogs that provide true, accurate and insightful information. Stupid bloggers and blog readers are going to gravitate toward other blogs that expound their stupid views. This isn’t a regulatory issue, its a market issue. Most of us don’t like wasting our times reading stupid bloggers.

  • Tom Brandt

    Bloggers also have standards imposed on them by their audiences. If a blogger posts something untrue or stupid, the blog’s readership jumps all over him, and the blogger, if he’s any good, corrects it immediately. This, I think, is one of the things Jeff has been saying that distinguishes blogs from current journalism.

  • ken

    “As an old friend and former colleague of mine said often, journalism is a trade, a craft — not an art or a religion (or even a profession). It’s easy to learn — and teach …”

  • Rob

    That’s good point. Most blogs have comment sections which allow readers to immediately call a blogger on any crap. Even if a blog doesn’t have comments, its very easy for another blogger to point out the errors on his or her own blog.

  • Insufficiently Sensitive

    “Journalists have their trust, standards, integrity imposed on them by the organization for which they work. National Enquirer versus Washington Post.”
    Bwahahahahahaaaaaa….. you left out BIASES. ‘Professional’ journalists still think they’re preaching to the proletariat from on high. They don’t have comments. They don’t link to their sources. They don’t make immediate corrections when their readers point out errors or OMISSIONS.
    Sure, some bloggers don’t either. But those of us who use blogs to fill in the huge gaps left (or placed) in the news of ‘professional’ journalists (or their editors) know which bloggers do link sources and update their stories, and that’s where we place our trust.
    You ‘professional’ journalists will gain trust when you follow suit.
    And hey, NYT, do you still maintain that Walter Duranty accurately reported the situation from Ukraine in 1930? Just asking…