Roy Greenslade writes in his blog today about the consequences of blogging for journalism, saying that he is coming round to the view that blogging will be the end of the traditional news media, rather than merely an adjunct to it. I wish I could be as confident as he seems to be that the […]
Commenting on the Personal Democracy Forum, currently underway, Eve Fairbanks at the New Republic complains that the social structure of the Internet has atomized people, providing an outlet for venting frustrations without actually requiring people to get out of their chairs and start doing anything about their grievances.
For those looking for commentary on the American election from a centre-left perspective, Will Straw is writing a regular column at Progress Online.
Martin Kettle writes in the Guardian about the perceived and real political power of newspapers.
Salon’s Glenn Greenwald discusses the motivations of web journalists and sites like The Politico. In summary, the answer is ‘they all love attention and ad revenue’ but that doesn’t do justice to the article, or the supporting evidence.
An HIER paper by Glaeser and Sunstein suggests that people are Credulous Bayesians, who insufficiently adjust for idiosyncratic features of particular environments and put excessive weight on the statements of others where there are 1) common sources of information; 2) highly unrepresentative group membership; 3) statements that are made to obtain approval; and 4) statements […]
An interesting new book is out, called Flat Earth News. It accuses journalists of sloppy research and poor fact-checking – essentially, of letting down the entire purpose of their profession. These are obviously serious allegations, for all the cynicism about journalism makes them seem everyday. They are all the more serious because they are based […]
Roy Greenslade, at his blog on the Guardian site, expresses concern that, of those who never read a newspaper, only 3% regularly look at online news (the finding is from the latest British Social Attitudes survey). That’s quite a lot of slack for TV/Radio news to pick up.