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Blogging News Stories as They Happen
by STC Staff Writer
Blogging news stories as they unfold is one of the most exciting and controversial applications of technology that bloggers have discovered. One thing that makes the blogosphere so active is the fact that it is possible to update a blog instantaneously, so the news on blogs tends to be more current than the news in the paper, or on television.
We exist in a new age of FAST enlightenment, though one would do well to not believe everything they read online because ANYONE, for ANY REASON, can anonymously post articles and false information anytime. So let the reader beware of false information.
Still on a positive note, unlike news delivered by these other media like SLOW reporting newspapers, news that appears on blogs does not have to travel through a series of editors and administrators before it reaches the public eye. This has some advantages and some distinct disadvantages.
One of the most notable cases of news hitting a blog before appearing in other media took place in July 2005 when terrorism struck London. As passengers were evacuated from a subway car near an explosion, one man took several photographs of the scene with his cellular phone, and within an hour these images were posted online. This is quite common these days.
First-person accounts of the catastrophe began appearing on blogs soon after these photos appeared, and people all over the world learned about the events in London by reading the words and seeing the photos posted by bloggers.
The fact that these stories and images were being spread directly by individuals operating without the added filter of a reporter or editor helped make the crisis feel very immediate to people across the globe. When it comes to blogging, news often appears in a very personal context.
This has the potential to be the beginning of an exciting new era of reporting, one that takes “New Journalism” to its logical next step by putting the power to shape how the news is written and read directly into the hands of the public.
Many bloggers and cultural commentators who are champions of the Web Blog movement feel that this growing trend of individuals who get their news from blogs is a good thing because it makes the flow of information more democratic.
By decentralizing the control of news, blogs allow more voices to enter the field of debate about important current events. However, many people are adamantly opposed to the use of blogs as news outlets, and there are plenty of good arguments on this side of the debate. Regardless of this reality, BLOGS are likely here to stay and are growing at an impressive rate.
Unlike newspapers or television stations, few blogs have fact- checkers, and there is little attention paid to journalistic accountability on many blogs. This can lead to the rapid spread of misinformation, and more than one falsehood has taken the blogosphere by storm.
The questions about whether blogging news as it happens is ethical or not are very complicated, but no matter where you stand on the topic of current events blogs you are almost sure to agree that this movement has revolutionized how modern people get their news.
Newspapers, radio, and TV news do tend to present more honest and accurate news because of their inherent internal structure, using checks and balances to help assure their news sources are real, and the content is accurate. One way to utilize the Internet for more accurate news sources is to frequent the websites of newspapers, radio, and TN news shows.
But expect to pay a fair subscription price for these. The net shines more for BLOGS and “HOW TO” websites if the reader will check the quality of the sites content through a reasonable amount of research.
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