While this opinion piece by Chris Mooney does not break any new ground, it makes an attempt at outlining how blogging has challenged mainstream journalism. Of course, such an article would not be complete if it did not also point to some of bloggings biggest pitfalls such as its propensity for forming on-line cliques, self-referential nature and lack of new information.
But, according to Mooney, this might not be so bad:
“All of which suggests the complementary, rather than alternative, role of blogging with respect to mainstream media. The central virtue of blogging, I’ve decided, is that in the proverbial agora, or online marketplace of ideas, bloggers are like Socrates on speed.
“They’re constantly interrogating arguments and points of view, noting flaws, advancing more sound positions, and shifting the focus to new questions. The mainstream media are being watched more closely because of bloggers — and kept more honest — and that can’t be a bad thing.”
Blogging like all revolutions will never live up to the extreme hype or deserve the most scornful criticism. Eventually, it will settle down into a mainstream reality but one that will continue to have significant impact for time to come.