August 09, 2002

The Real Threat to Newspape...

The Real Threat to Newspapers: Don't miss the end of Cathy Seipp's latest version of her blog story:

Perhaps most unexpectedly, blogs have brought serendipity -- the great advantage of actual newspapers -- to online publishing. I always find more than I was planning to read on blogs, even though I'm never looking for any particular subject.

Obviously, it's easy to waste an appalling amount of time in Blogland. But as a journalist, I find it's rarely time completely wasted. My clip files for three long stories I was working on last spring are filled with items and ideas found on blogs.

Glenn Reynolds's day job may be law professor, but I like to think of him in his off hours as my unpaid personal research assistant.

Posted by at August 9, 2002 04:45 AM
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No offense to Ms. Seipp (she was quite nice when I met her at LA Blogger Party I), but I really wish someone would write one of these that got out of the circle jerk of warblogger-types. Almost every blog-article nowadays is:

1 part Instapundit
1 pinch Sullivan
1 cup Kaus

Mix with bloggers linked to the Insta-Sullivan-Kaus blogosphere, season to taste.

There's a whole other world out there.

Posted by: Oliver at August 9, 2002 09:39 AM

Although watching Alex Beam squirm is always fun...

Posted by: Jim Treacher at August 9, 2002 10:07 AM

I'm with Oliver on this one — we need less Glenn Reynolds and more Matthew Yglesias in our blog articles.

Posted by: Matthew Yglesias at August 9, 2002 10:28 AM

Seipp's story was adapted from one she wrote for the American Journalism Review, and her UPI column is about entertainment & media, so her focus is going to be on news-oriented sites....

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 9, 2002 12:49 PM

But even in the news-verse, there's more than those sites...

Posted by: Oliver at August 9, 2002 02:15 PM

True. But you're never going to satisfy everybody. Back when the Megnut/Kottke axis was getting all the media play, I'm sure there were similar ignored sites that deserved attention ... but at the same time, it would have been silly not to acknowledge their prominence & role.

Quick, Oliver: Name 10 news-blogs you'd like to see in the next article!

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 9, 2002 02:50 PM
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No offense to Ms. Seipp (she was quite nice when I met her at LA Blogger Party I), but I really wish someone would write one of these that got out of the circle jerk of warblogger-types. Almost every blog-article nowadays is:

1 part Instapundit
1 pinch Sullivan
1 cup Kaus

Mix with bloggers linked to the Insta-Sullivan-Kaus blogosphere, season to taste.

There's a whole other world out there.

Posted by: Oliver at August 9, 2002 09:39 AM

Although watching Alex Beam squirm is always fun...

Posted by: Jim Treacher at August 9, 2002 10:07 AM

I'm with Oliver on this one — we need less Glenn Reynolds and more Matthew Yglesias in our blog articles.

Posted by: Matthew Yglesias at August 9, 2002 10:28 AM

Seipp's story was adapted from one she wrote for the American Journalism Review, and her UPI column is about entertainment & media, so her focus is going to be on news-oriented sites....

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 9, 2002 12:49 PM

But even in the news-verse, there's more than those sites...

Posted by: Oliver at August 9, 2002 02:15 PM

True. But you're never going to satisfy everybody. Back what the same time, it would have been silly not to acknowledge their prominence & role.

Quick, Oliver: Name 10 news-blogs you'd like to see in the next article!

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 9, 2002 02:50 PM
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