Beyond Gotcha: Blogs as a Space for Debate

Wilson, Jason A., Bruns, Axel, & Saunders, Barry J. (2007) Beyond Gotcha: Blogs as a Space for Debate. ABC News Online: Club Bloggery.

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The mainstream media and critics of Web 2.0’s "cult of the amateur" often suggest that blogs and citizen journalism will never replace their mainstream counterparts because they "don’t break stories". Notwithstanding the fundamental furphy – who ever said anything about "replacing" the MSM anyway? – there is some truth in this. It goes without saying that most bloggers don’t have the resources, pulling power or proximity to the pollies to do much original political reporting: this is something that most sensible public affairs bloggers concede. (Though how often the mainstream media really break stories – as against exploiting deliberate, calculated ‘leaks’ from party spinsters – is a separate question.)

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ID Code: 10513
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Australia, politics, blogs, journalism, citizen journalism
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (The authors)
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:48

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