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Thursday, December 30, 2004

How Blogging is Changing Media

posted by Jazz at 12/30/2004 10:35:00 AM

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Joe Gandelman has a long and thought provoking post on this. The money quote:
Accounts of the world that are in a state of permanent revision stand a better chance at truth than a series of "finished" accounts, each claiming enough accuracy not to need revision. One of these (the state of permanent revision) is more native to blogging, while the other (the series of snapshots) is more characteristic of news in the mainstream model.
This is a good piece, and it really highlights the key difference between conventional newspapers and blogs. Once a paper puts out an edition, it's written in stone, never to be altered. (Yes, some papers publish "corrections" in later editions, but there's nothing physically linking that to the original story.) Blog posts are always "a work in progress" and subject to critique, revision, and correction. The final product will often end up being better, in terms of both accuracy and form, than a hard copy new story. Give Joe's analysis a read. Well worth the time.