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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Crossposting: Mainstream Media vs the Blogosphere

Hey guys, here's an interesting piece re: the mainstream media and their take on the rising popularity of the "blogosphere" - an alternative media in the world wide web, realized through the use of the internet.

Hmnnn... it bears stressing though that some media practitioners resort to blogging when some of their articles don't get published by their media outfits or simply to elaborate further on a certain issue they covered ...

Hence, there should be no conflict. What is important and necessary is to keep an open and critical mind in taking all the information that you get... in whatever medium they reached you - print, TV, radio or through the internet via web blogs. In fact, almost all print media establishes presence in the world wide web. Through their websites, one can read the papers' daily content, if not more, with all the breaking news there is. Undeniably, tapping the powers of the "internet", the information highway so-to-speak, allows us to give out data and information as easily and rapidly as to get them.

SO take all the info. there is and then decide which truly makes sense... ...

Blogs to read

By John Nery
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:56:00 04/29/2008


In last week's episode of Che-Che Lazaro's TV program "Media in Focus," the second panel of guests (PR practitioner Richard Burgos, Melinda Quintos de Jesus of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, and me as a journalist-blogger) discussed the role of online media in the wake of Cebu City's Black Suede scandal. The discussion ranged widely, from the loss of traditional media's gate-keeping function to the make-or-break importance of trust or credibility.

I got the impression, especially after the show, that some of my colleagues in the so-called mainstream media find the so-called blogosphere a threatening thicket, a tangled web best avoided. To be sure, most of the millions of blogs accessible online make sense only to their authors and friends. (I do not know this for a fact, but take it as a reasonable assumption.) But it's the same way with the cable multi-verse: Not every channel is National Geographic.

It would be foolish to deny one's self the online equivalent of 500 channels, when some of the most exciting writing can be found on them.

Ethan Zuckerman, for example, is a man of many parts. Tech entrepreneur, Global Voices founder, African development advocate (his blog at is called My Heart's in Accra—that is, Ghana), Zuckerman is also possibly the best documentarist on the Web. He takes the most detailed notes at some of the most exclusive or forward-thinking conferences, allowing his readers a rich if vicarious experience.

His latest post, as I write this, is entitled "Homophily, serendipity, xenophilia." If you've ever been struck by the like-attracts-like nature of many group discussions, which results in the marginalization of dissenting opinion, you may like this attempt to "flesh out" three very useful concepts.

To Filipino readers of a certain age, James Fallows needs very little introduction; he authored that Atlantic Monthly piece in 1987 that gave us—speaking of useful concepts—a tool to beat ourselves with. (I am referring, of course, to "A Damaged Culture.")

He still writes for the Atlantic Monthly, but now lives in Beijing, as part of a long-term experiment to document China's incredible transition. His posts (at allow us to sort through the flood of information that is now available about China, through a top journalist's makeshift filter of equal parts sympathy and skepticism. But Fallows, who used to write speeches for Jimmy Carter, keeps his hand in US politics. His latest post, "Most important item in Sunday's NYT," discusses politicians' frustration with the conduct of campaign coverage.

There are many more writers worth following on the Web (I subscribe to 68 RSS feeds; Chinese bridge-blogger Isaac Mao told me he subscribes to over 700). In the Philippines, colleague Manolo Quezon's blog ( is the indispensable political website. Some of the best writing is found in the blogs of two theater critics, the Philippine Daily Inquirer's own Gibbs Cadiz and The Philippine Star’s Exie Abola. And novelist Butch Dalisay posts pictures as well-tempered as his prose.

Verily, a virtual embarrassment of riches.