More on blogs
The funny thing is that there are enormous changes taking place in media, but instead of talking about them for what they are everyone seems focused on abstract things like objectivity, journalistic obligations, trust, partisanship, and ethics. These are things that are harder to nail down and things about which it is harder to make strong cases.
If people would calm down about the biased partisan fragmentation explosion dejournalizationifying of blogs, we could talk about how newspaper circulations really are down, publishers are worried about their profits, FoxNews has tens of millions of viewers, people are turning to the Internet to get their news, individual citizens now have decent fact-checking abilities themselves, and young people have eschewed land lines for cell phones. These are interesting and worthwhile topics, but we'll never get anywhere while people keep histrionically ranting about the jagged and broken Big Media landscape (which I have yet to see.)