Monday, November 15, 2004

Complaints about Blogsphere

Eric Engberg wrote an interesting article on bloggers, which , reverses the trend toward "blog triumphalism" . The former CBS News correspondent (now retired)'s critics towards blogs are also focused on events that occurred during the presidential election, more specifically the information obtained by exit-polls. "The bloggers, obtaining through leaks partial, in some cases suspect snippets of information from the early "cut" of data gathered by the mainstream media through exit polls, were spreading a story that the network and wire service bosses knew to be incorrect because their own experts – and their journalistic experience -- had warned them of the weaknesses in such data. He concludes by saying that: "The public is now assaulted by news and pretend-news from many directions, thanks to the now infamous "information superhighway." But the ability to transmit words, does not mean that any knowledge is being passed along. One of the verdicts rendered by election night 2004 is that, given their lack of expertise, standards and, yes, humility, the chances of the bloggers replacing mainstream journalism are about as good as the parasite replacing the dog it fastens on."

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