Tuesday, May 16, 2006

How this blog started

I realise now that I have not really explained how this started. Recently around the We Media Forum in London i have been tracking back to find out a bit about the people involved. Jeff Jarvis seems a bit central. I don't always agree with him but he shows the links for what he writes so you can go back and make up your own mind. He seems very upset by Bertrand Pecquerie who has written about the shortcomings of the US blogosphere as he sees them. As far as I can make it out, Pecquerie believes in the good faith of professional journalists while the bloggers in the USA are only concerned to destroy the reputation of journalists -

"Take the case of Eason Jordan -- most of the pressure in the blogosphere was placed on Jordan to resign, completely overshadowing the real issue -- whether journalists were being targeted in Iraq. A small number of bloggers were able to turn the attention of the public and the media from major issues to secondary details."

He gives other examples but I feel that he may be looking only for examples that fit his argument. Anyway there is no harm in continuing to find counter examples. He may be right of course about the general trend. As a proper journalist would say, only time will tell.


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