Weblogs and Journalism

Jay Rosen writes about what is “radical about the weblog form in journalism”. Among the differences:

The weblog comes out of the gift economy, whereas most (not all) of todays journalism comes out of the market economy.

Journalism had become the domain of professionals, and amateurs were sometimes welcomed into it as with the op ed page. Whereas the weblog is the domain of amateurs and professionals are the ones being welcomed to it, as with this page.

In the weblog world every reader is actually a writer, and you write not so much for the reader but for other writers. So every reader is a writer, yes, but every writer is also a reader of other weblog writersor better be.

So very true!

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