Hats off to Mick Gregory, but…and I do have a big but

Posted on June 13, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, entertainment, humor, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics, writing |

I’m really excited about what the internet has done for writers.  But here’s my beef.  So we get all this great information and all this online readership (none of which I have, I’m a newbie, forgive, we all get started somewhere, right?) but what about people like our parents who are used to getting news from one, two, maybe three sources that provide lots of info from many different people.  How do we appeal to this crowd?  Should we?  We all have these great blogs but there is no big forum.  What exactly is the new journalism?  Most people aren’t journalists, aren’t writers.  They want their news packaged and delivered on their doorstep.  This doesn’t make them bad people, this is most of America.  These are the folks that tune in for a few minutes and want to make a decision based on our research.  I think citizen journalism is the new order for writers and muckrakers but our we speaking to the choir?  What about the people that aren’t online, that have a voice but they’re still reading the local newspapers?  Is it our obligation as information detectives to deliver something to them in a complete package?

Is too much information going to be our problem as online writers?


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2 Responses to “Hats off to Mick Gregory, but…and I do have a big but”

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I think yes, too much information is a problem for both online and print writers of any form of journalism. Essentially, I think that the information comes in blasts, in quick, sharp jabs that are without reflection and contemplation. Think about how quickly things rise and fall in the media. Something’s a story, we get up-in-arms, and then it goes away. We forget. We move on to the next 15 second soundbite off Fox News, CNN, or wherever. Then it’s written about for a while, poison is slung around, names are called, and then it’s done. We shove on to another debatable topic.

The endless stream of snippets give us the impression of understanding, but I don’t think readers rarely give themselves the freedom to reflect critically on what they’re reading. I’m as guilty of this as the next person and have found myself jumping to conclusions, making rash opinions, and clinging to my old standby ideas when they’ve clearly run their course.

Portland Princess,

Build a creative blog and they will come. The newspaper model is dead. I just read that the Chicago Sun Times lost nearly $60 million last year and there is no end in sight. I predict that the Sun Times will be the first (of many) big city newspapers to stop the presses and go online, with only a token newsprint product.

Blogs are here to stay.
Mick Gregory

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