Posted by: kenziekat | January 18, 2010

Blogging, will it be in our future?


I’ve already discussed my predictions for the future in regards to the blogging phenomena somewhat, but as we know, the future is impossible to predict. Regardless, I still have my opinions in what blogging means to journalism, journalists, and life in general.

The real question is whether or not blogs are just a quick fad, only to enter and exit our lives in a quick flash. CNET News presents both sides effectively (http://news.cnet.com/The-future-of-blogging/2030-1069_3-5654288.html), but I tend to agree more with legal studies professor Dan Hunter when he states that blogging is not just a fad. Blogs started out simple—just a way for people to publish their lives—an online journal of sorts. They’ve grown quickly into a vast world of information. No longer are they online journals. Blogs are responsible for (as CNET says) everything from CBS News anchorman Dan Rather’s departure to previews of Apple Computer Products. They’re not just online journals anymore.

If for no other reason, blogs will be in our future because they lower costs. Blogs are cheaper and arguably more efficient than television news, newspapers, or even online newspapers/sites etc.

So what’s the existence and rapid growth of blogs mean for the future? I have no idea, but I have my thoughts.

In the future I see less degree-bearing journalists and more citizen journalists. I see less journalists working for a certain newspaper/ news station and more writing stories to sell to blogs or online venues.

 I see the death of journalists, not journalism.

I see news being reported as news is created—rapid reporting and consuming. I see citizens taking videos of disasters, accidents, etc on their cell phones and posting them to blogs simultaneously. I see consumers of news consuming live news via the blogs of citizen journalists.

I see the traditional gatekeeper role of journalists deteriorating and the ‘gate’ itself being torn down by citizen journalists (allowing more news through that would traditionally be blocked by gatekeepers)

 I see blogs being overcome with advertisements and corrupted by companies pushing products onto bloggers.

I see corruption and a loss in credibility in the beginning; I see new laws being created solely for blogging because of this. (Just as libel and slander laws had to be created for traditional media sources—check out this Youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rapE8fn-T8&feature=related in which James love gives a good discussion of new media vs. old media credibility)

 I see blogs quickly replacing facebook, myspace, and twitter.

More importantly, however, I see a bright future in journalism in which consumers of news can find news they want and are interested in an instant the instant it happens.

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Responses

  1. […] Gabrielle Ash believes the future will involve more blogging and less journalists. […]

  2. I’m curious about one point in particular here. You say “I see blogs quickly replacing facebook, myspace, and twitter,” but couldn’t you argue that these applications have all “replaced” (or, more accurately, supplemented) blogs? Can you say more about this prediction?


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