Monday, August 14, 2006

Bloggers V.S. MSM

Joseph Lavoie has a great short and to the point post about why the Blogosphere will never replace the Mainstream Media and vice-versa. Good Read!

This post is a clear example of why blogs will never have the capacity to replace MSM. I’m writing this post in response to a column by Warren Kinsella in this morning’s National Post. Kinsella, while acknowledging some recent accomplishments in the blogosphere, most notably, Stephen Taylor’s catch of CBC’s blatant spin doctoring, asserts that blogs have an important role as the ‘fact-checkers’ of the MSM. And he couldn’t be any more correct.

Yes, blogs are entertaining, sometimes insightful, and even challenging for those who pour their hearts into it. But at the end of the day, bloggers are dependent on the MSM. Think about it, 99% of the blog material you read is derived from an article, report, story, or column filed by the MSM.
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