Fit to Print

October 25, 2009admin 233 Comments »

Upon the cultivation of blogging, news readers have developed new ways to seek their information and current events. Blogging is the hippest way to communicate your ideas as well as what your interpretation of the news is. Look at the Drudge Report, this is a blog that several people visit to find out what is going on today. As stated in Bruns’ The Next Generation, “Much of the work of alternative online news sites can be described as a form of remote commentary or annotation of what is covered in the mainstream news. In doing so, alternative online news frequently practices what can be described as gatewatching (see Bruns 2005a), as opposed to traditional journalistic gatekeeping: where in an age of easy publication and distribution of content over the Net no one news organization has the power any more to choose what news is ‘fit to print’ and what news is discarded, and where therefore the ‘gates’ of publication have multiplied beyond all control, such alternative online news publishers watch the gates of as many other news (and newsworthy) organizations, and analyze, evaluate, and discuss the information which passes through them.” This quote by Bruns is an example of how exactly the process of receiving and searching for news has developed. Bruns makes a valid point when he shows how news is splattered all over the internet, there is absolutely no filter. Anyone can write about anything they feel is important, or not important. This can be a good thing and a bad thing, it certainly is exercising one’s freedom of speech.


The Drudge Report does just this, it “watches” the news, writes about the news, and reports to the public about current events. But is this blog really considered hard facts and hard news? And how, in the public’s eye, can we determine what news is real and what is fabricated? We go by what we like to hear and what instinctively is most attractive. Main stream media does contribute to this blogosphere of a community and allows viewers to expand this news beyond an online discussion. This phenomenon actually filters back information taken from average viewers and allows blogging to triumph over print and TV. Now, people are more interested on opinions of the facts of the news, not necessarily the news itself. Blogging and the expansion of news are in direct competition with traditional media outlets. I think this competition will give our news outlets a better insight to what our society is demanding in information and how they receive the news itself. Also, media gatekeeping’s role has also been shifted along with media’s role in society. We don’t look to the media for news immediately because we can get it faster on our phones at a blog that we read daily. The shift will be interesting and will help us interpret the news and give the gatewatchers a bigger industry to tap into.

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