Are bloggers journalists?

March 19th, 2006

Someone at the Wispolitics Blog Summit asked the question, viagra generic medicine are bloggers journalists?

The answer is yes.

And no.

Blogging is not a profession like journalism.

It’s a technology like books.

A book can contain history, sildenafil mystery, philosophy, poetry, biography, or pornography.

But just knowing that something is a “book” doesn’t tell you anything about the quality, the reliability or the nature of what’s in it.

In the same way, a blog can contain journalism, opinion, satire, philosophy or pornography.

When we obsess over whether or not bloggers are journalists, we miss the bigger point: bloggers are nothing more than writers.

And what a writer says is more important than where he says it.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Clint  |  March 20th, 2006 at 6:34 am

    The better question would be “Do we want to be journalists?”

  • 2. Administrator  |  March 20th, 2006 at 10:37 am

    Been there.

    Done that.

    Like this a whole lot better.

  • 3. Mandy  |  March 21st, 2006 at 8:51 pm

    The only thing that really seperates journalists and bloggers who think themselves journalists is the law that says they aren’t. And that’s all that matters. Journalists are held accountable for what they write, bloggers aren’t. Not yet.

    And I agree with you guys – I wonder almost every day if/when I’m going to shake off newsprint and blog full-time about something I really care about.

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