Week 3 Reflections

By the time I graduate from college and step into the journalism industry, I will be skilled in ploughing through weblogs, email lists, forums and Technorati for information and pulling them altogether on my blog, stirring discussions and sharing videos and audios on P2P network. The future of journalism is exciting to me. The tools that the Internet created simply make the business of journalism more engaging and enriching.

I was elated when I realized that I could get first-hand information about a potentially newsworthy topic through subscribing to mailing lists and forums. I am always concerned about the enterprising aspect of journalism. I do not have many contacts or am I close enough to friends within the six-degrees of separation to ask them, “So what’s going on that I can write about?” Not anymore with these forums and mailing lists.

The topic of journalistic authority shifting from professionals to amateurs was something I touched on in my first blog entry. Who is now the fourth estate? It is scary to think that my critics are all out there, but may be shrouded under the Internet’s veil of anonymity.

The medium for writing and communication has evolved over the centuries, from writing on papyrus to writing on the web. Likewise, the form of journalism and its medium have evolved over the years from informing the public via a newspaper to radio waves and now, binary digits. However, many often associate blogs with diaries. Hence, it is somewhat oxymoronic to combine journalism and blogging. Blogging connotes individual perspectives, journalism means objectivity. How can these two resolve their conflict? How can a journalist-cum-blogger maintain his objectivity yet have the freedom to say anything he wants on his blog? A blog loses its unique flavor and readership when it loses its personal touch. This is also the reason why blogging will not take over the newspaper. People read newspaper for the hard news and information, and then go online and take on a fresh perspective of news from the journalist-blogger. It makes news reading more vibrant and holistic. Hence, my take is that newspaper will not perish, but serve alongside with blogging for the enlightenment of mankind.

The reading also touched on Web 2.0 and how businesses use this technology so that many brains can work together and produce a better product. This collaboration can exist in journalism too. Imagine the story is written, edited and designed simultaneously. This Wiki-style journalism saves time and money. It makes journalism more dynamic. Of course, the bane is, you may not like your work being messed around with.

Questions:
1) Since weblogs come from a gift economy, which often results in the free-rider problem, how can it be sustained?
2) How will P2P networks affect journalism practice in terms of copyright and sales of newspaper?

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2 responses to “Week 3 Reflections

  1. Pingback: Questions - Week 4 « Social Technologies, Media and Politics

  2. Pingback: We need to strike a balance on objectivity and accuracy on the blogosphere « A FAITHful voice

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