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.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty