There are about 112 million blogs floating around the internet, according to blog tracker Technorati. And while a significant number of those blogs are run by established media organizations, there are plenty of journalists who are alarmed by anyone other than a credentialed journalist reporting the news.
On a recent episode, The Colbert Report, Andrew Keen author of the book The Cult of the Amateur, said: “The internet trivializes culture to such an extent that everyone is broadcasting, everyone is writing blogs, everyone is putting music on the web.”
Keen continued: “I think we need objective professional journalists who responsibly collect the news rather than anonymous bloggers who are often in pay of corporations and foreign governments. That’s the crisis of this media.”
It not only didn’t make sense, it was a very elitist viewpoint. To dismiss the millions of people who write daily about issues they are passionate about as subpar journalism is to miss out on a wealth of resources. Everything written on a blog should be taken as golden, but the considerable amount of well-reported journalism that exists on the internet is worthy of admiration.
The crisis of this media is not bloggers. It’s adhering to old methods of journalism, uninventive reporting… and not reading 10,000 words, of course.