ughey, a Guardian dude, a BBC Online editor. Potential blogger triumphalism moment:
The reaction towards blogging as a medium recalls that to the New Journalism movement, pioneered by writers such as Hunter S Thompson, Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote and Norman Mailer. The New Journalism movement transformed the conventional wisdom of news writing by presenting stories as features with greater colour, vibrancy and permeated with the personal experiences of the writer. The sense of detachment between the writer and reader disappeared.

At the time of the movement the sound of guffaws and sneers from news writers and real journalists resonated just as loudly as they do today towards blogging.

Posted by at March 25, 2003 05:47 PM

At the moment - with a war on - I can't imagine going back to television for actual news...newspapers? The problem with both media is that they are mass media: they have to move papers and grab ratings.

The best way to do that is be bland, unfunny, risk adverse and, in a perfect world, have a celebrity angle for every story. (Which explains why anybody reports what movies stars feel (they never think, just feel) about the war.

Mass media has to be strained and smoothed so ever potential viewer can be sucked into the flow.

Blogs are the exact opposite. Are they journalism? Who the hell knows and does it matter?

Meantime, check out

Posted by: Jay Currie at March 25, 2003 09:16 PM

Is journalism journalism? Not bloody often enough.

Are blogs journalism? Only a journalist would feel the need to define the distinction so carefully. It's sort of like asking "Is writing writing?"

How about this question: "Is blogging GOOD journalism?"

Well, compare a Den Beste stemwinder to its equivalent on your paper's editorial page. Better written and more original than at least 7 out of 10.

Then compare the typical short-entry blog to, say, Larry King's dada column in USA Today. There must be teenagers with daily diaries more banal and non-sequitur-filled, but I don't read them.

So I ask: "Is journalism blogging?"

Posted by: Mike G at March 26, 2003 06:19 AM
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