The blog new future awaits. John McGinnis posits a world of Blog Dailies. Plus: Teddy and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Also: Happy Stein America. A quotable notable. And more.
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p>”…whether the local schools are open or closed…” Are bloggers rejoicing in their ability to provide this kind of information? If the local radio station goes under due to extreme bias, try calling the school.
p>”…what time the baseball game comes on…” Satellite and digital TV program guides (electronic and direct mail),
, and oh yeah, the Internet.
p>”…where the candidates are…” Do people really need to know where the candidates are faster than it can be posted on the Internet by a blogger?
p>”…what's happening in Iraq…” Same as above. This is like shooting fish in a barrel.
p>”…what the government (local, state, national) has got itself up to…” Internet, Internet, Internet.
p>Is this really the best argument Mr. Henry could give for criticizing the shortcomings of the blogosphere? If so, he's way, way off. If this is all the research and thought necessary to write a column for your website, why aren't I in your paid employ?
Brendan R. Merrick
BR>Budd Lake, New Jersey
p>Bloggers keep the Media honest. That is their role and, so far, they are accomplishing it. Savvy bloggers create a following, carve a niche in the news and pull readers on specific themes eroding complacency from institutional news venues heightening competition, something good by definition.
p>A great article, but please remember this: Several months ago, an NBC news crew posed as Arabs, speaking and behaving like people planning a terrorist attack of some sort by renting a helicopter. Alert personnel at the downtown St. Louis airport called the police, and after being arrested, the NBC crew identified themselves, and admitted they were attempting to create a story to embarrass the homeland security system.