The collective power of the blog…

Paul Mason has stuck close to developments in new media and has a better handle on it than most. His end commentary from last night’s Newsnight programme is worth repeating. It’s just a shame the BBC could not find any articulate bloggers to join the studio debate, which insofar as it talked about blogging’s challenge to the media resorted to staid old potboilers like, “Well we have a reporter there!.. blogs don’t!” Mason follows the real blog story (video file):

Blogs are challenging the monopoly that journalists think they have as guardian’s of the truth, changing uys from gatekeepers, filtering the news, to umpires sitting the middle of competing stories. Bloggers say that journalists have got careeers to think of and standards to stick to and if a story is going nowhere they hav better things to do instead. Blogging focuses the power of many minds collectively on minute detail.

  • Pete Baker

    That potboiler is probably not an exact quote, of course.

    But it’s an interesting suggestion, from Mason, that where journalists saw themselves previously as gatekeepers, now they act as umpires.

    Arguably neither role is appropriate.

  • Interesting piece demonstrating more understanding of the medium than most – what stands out for me is the idea that there are masses of people out there who can focus quickly and in force on stories – this ‘journo swarm’ has a kind of ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ thing going for it.

  • Mick Fealty

    It may be behind the curve. And the metaphors are not a precise match. But it’s the nearest I’ve seen a mainstream broadcast journalist to ‘getting it’.