Is the blog the new column?

So asks Conall Devitt. He comes to the tentative conclusion that the Irish blogosphere is still too small to be of sufficient grind to seriously knock formerly illustrious columnists in the way that they regularly do in Britain. Do they influence decision makers? My own view is that that is hard to track, not least because no serious research has yet been done on the subject. I’d only say that if decision makers are choosing to read Irish blogs (and they are) on a daily and at times even an hourly basis, they are certainly being influenced.

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

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