Richard MacManus writes about podcast conversation today between Steve Gillmor and Rafat Ali:
Steve has a concept called a “new newspaper” (if I heard it correctly), by which I think he means that a person can select a variety of super niche bloggers to cover all of the topics they’re interested in reading on a daily basis. As Steve pointed out, what we as readers look for is authoritative voices that give us unique perspectives (or views) of general news and information that flows into the system.
Bloggers drive trends, MSM ratifies them – as Steve said. Rafat seconded that by saying that MSM journalists nowadays tend to get their leads from blogs.