ME and Ophelia

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

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There are too many kinds

Here, in post by Steve Rubel, Tom Mangan defines bloggers:

"Bloggers are just people using the Web to spread their voice to an audience. Some do journalism, but some do poetry and pictures of their housecats.  Lots of lines of work have had volunteer and professional components -- firefighters come to mind.   Desktop publishing made it possible for anybody to become a journalist, but you had to figure out a lot of cranky, difficult software, so few people exploited the opportunity. Blogging software has made it possible to be a volunteer journalist with far fewer technological hurdles.

You can't say bloggers aren't journalists or editors or anything else. There are too many kinds of blogs to say what they are definitively. The key distinction  is that so long as they are volunteers with no financial stake in their blogs, they can quit at any time -- and many of them do.  But then again, volunteer firefighters often stay with it for decades and pass it along to their kids, so there's more than money at work here."

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 6/01/2004
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