Blogosphere: The truth about blogs

In the intense introduction of “The Rise of the Blogosphere,” I found myself in astonishment at the historical references of blogs. I never really thought that blogs could be considered a way of informing the people about what the mainstream media fails to show. I always thought that blogs were just an online diary where people ranted about their lives, but I guess my mind was channeling Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. Just the introduction to this book, gave me an immense amount of information not only about blogs, but the failures of mainstream media. To summarize almost the entirety of the introduction in one very intriguing quote stated by Downie and Kaiser, “Good journalism is a principle source of information necessary to make such accountability meaningful. Anyone tempted to abuse power looks over his or her shoulder to see if someone else is watching. Ideally, there should be a reporter in the rearview mirror. But who is watching the watchers–who is in the reporter’s rearview mirror?” The quote overall describes precisely about the research Barlow has put in this book. Barlow especially focuses on the mainstream media failures when discussing the news prior to 9/11 terrorist attacks. There were many warning signs prior to the devastating Twin Towers attack which the media did not cover such as a truck trying to crash into the World Trade Center earlier in the same year. These significant stories are not being presented to our country potentially leaving us blindsided to other prospective tragedies. The main reason for blogs to exist is to inform the people about events that the mainstream media carelessly left out. The historical references that correspond with blogs were the “coffee shops” that were in every local town since the nation wide newspaper only wrote about the country’s overall news. These coffee shops allowed people to communicate freely about things they thought should change in the government, and this worried the government at the time to a certain extent. The mainstream media claims that blogs are just secondhand journalism and that the writers are people who steal the hard working “real journalistic work.” From that historical analysis, Barlow disagrees with these claims and states that it is citizens taking things into their own hands by writing the stories that the “real journalists” refuse to write. I am thoroughly pleased with the introduction to Blogosphere and hope to learn even more about blogs than I ever thought I would. #ActWrtMedia17

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