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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Blogging: Reader Beware

   Now you too can be a political writer.  Just get yourself a blog and off you go to become the next Bob Woodward or David Broder.
   Apparently it doesn't matter if anybody reads your stuff; the fact that you can just do it, to borrow a phrase from the shoe guys, is the salient point.
   Having said that, Gov. Rick Snyder, in his first comments ever about Internet "political" writers, says this does pose some "interesting challenges in our society."
   Boy. There's an understatement.
   The governor states the obvious:  "There are great bloggers and there are bloggers you wonder why anyone would ever read anything they write."
   Clearly there should be a "reader beware" disclaimer on lots of the Internet columns appearing under the heading of freedom of the press and speech.
   The governor figures in time, the really smart consumers will figure out what is worthy and what is not.  But what about the dumb ones?
    "As time passes you'll find some separation.  People over time will naturally find ways to separate what are really worthwhile bloggers vs. things that are just absolutely worthless that are not constructive at all in terms of the dialogue and discussion."
     Perhaps he's correct but what happens in the interim before the separating separates.  The fact is many readers assume, at their own peril, that because it is written down, it therefore must be true.
     There is opinion, which everyone has, and then there is informed opinion which does not come with a new P.C. set up in your basement.
     This vast access by anyone who wants to write is both good for the Democracy but has it's dangers, too.
      Many of the musings on the world wide web fail to apply one little standard that all "real" journalists practice..double checking your sources to come as close to the truth as possible.
      But as some Internet writers opine, don't let the facts get in the way of a good (and misleading) blog.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly there are NO "real journalists" in Michigan.

Double checking facts,oh please.

Not one of them has reported properly on the DRIC file, on Canada's non-legally binding offer of $550M, on the non-unique agreement with FHWA and on the loopholes in the DRIC/P3 Bills which will cost taxpayers in both countries multi-billions of dollars over the next 50 years.

They would NOT know the truth if it hit them with the force of an 18-wheeler!

Joe Blog

July 11, 2011 at 4:49 AM 
Blogger Ralph Echtinaw said...

This warning from a columnist who frequently has misspelled names and words on his own blog.

July 11, 2011 at 12:27 PM 
Anonymous Josh said...

While I do believe in journalism as a profession, I also believe many journalists are full of themselves. They constantly talk about their "standards" when many fail to follow them... kind of like politicians.
Don't sell these amateur bloggers short. They've broken many legitimate news stories during the past decade.

July 16, 2011 at 6:36 AM 
Blogger Denise D Hammond, CGFM-Retired said...

Ditto for the 'double checking the facts' comment. Just yesterday a major news source made a statement about the release of Casey Anthony that was almost immediately withdrawn.

If folks out there still believe everything they read, be it from bloggers or actual news sources, shame on them.

July 17, 2011 at 6:12 AM 

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