It is good to be a blogger today with the news that for the first time in a federal court, two of the press seats will be reserved for bloggers. After two years of negotiations with judicial officials across the country, the Media Bloggers Association, a nonpartisan group with about 1,000 members working to extend the powers of the press to bloggers, has won credentials to rotate among members at the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
Part of this Washington Post article
is a bit disturbing but accurate and follows below:
"Blogs are first and foremost a conversation, people talking," said Jeff Jarvis, a journalist-turned-blogger who created a forum called BuzzMachine.
Blogs, he said, have a "different biorhythm" where postings that are initially inaccurate or unfair are corrected online through readers comments and updated blog entries. "This is a world," he said, "where you publish first and edit later."
In reality people are looking for their news to be faster and faster. Sometimes they don’t mind inaccuracies if they get the news first and it gets corrected by the community.
While the concept of blogging material that could be potentially incorrect disturbs many, the world is changing.
In the end, the consumer dictates what they want and they have spoken.
This past weekend I was at a birthday party and one of my relatives was thanking another relative because he hooked her on the Perez Hilton blog
. She continued “I don’t need to subscribe to People Magazine anymore.” Again, consumers decide what the form of news will be and speed wins.