Media Vs. Blogs
Traditional media have always maintained their reputation but blogs were there to change the landscape. Blogs had one main advantage – they were written by eyewitnesses and people having deep knowledge in specialized issues. In fact, blogs began influencing the manner in which news were written and presented.
The first battle between traditional media and blogs occurred when CBS aired a report about George Bush, who, according to the evidence presented, managed to escape military service in Vietnam due to the patronage of famous individuals. Bloggers supporting Bush were able to prove that the documents CBS used were falsified.
According to Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, about four percent of all American internet users turn to blogs to receive information, neglecting traditional media.
Today, the blogosphere is a large community, bringing together people from across the globe. They share specific interests and write on a multitude of topics, ranging from advanced sciences to arts.
The history of blogging is still to be written. This niche has proven to have huge potential and is to evolve with the advance of technologies and the manner in which new opportunities are provided to common individuals. Whether blogs will replace newspapers is yet to be seen. One thing is certain – blogs are here to stay and to continue shaping trends.
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Baker, Stephen. A Brief History of Blogs. BusinessWeek, http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_30/b4140074545626.htm
Blogging Timeline. http://www.enterpriseblogs.info/history
Freedigitalphotos.net, Filomena Scalise