Blogging As Typing, Not Journalism

After repeating some of Wonkette‘snumbers, Sullivan mused, “A Kerry landslide? Could be. Could be.” He cautioned the numbers could be misleading, even as he was publicizing them.

This is the kind of stuff we used to run in my aforementioned school paper, when the speculation surrounded who was going steady. The difference is that the bloggers aspire to being a force in our public life and claim to be at the forefront of a new political-media era. It was clear to me, from following their efforts that night, that, unlike journalists, some blog operators who are quick to trash the MSM not only don’t care about the veracity of the stories they are spreading, they do not understand when there is a live hand grenade on their keyboard. They appear not to care. Their concern is for controversy and “hits.” —Eric EngbergBlogging As Typing, Not Journalism (CBS News)

And, of course, the big conclusion:

One of the verdicts rendered by election night 2004 is that, given their lack of expertise, standards and, yes, humility, the chances of the bloggers replacing mainstream journalism are about as good as the parasite replacing the dog it fastens on.

While I wouldn’t have put it quite so viciously, I think Engberg is right to point out the flaws in the “blogging equals journalism” meme.

Blogging is a good thing. Journalism is a good thing. Journalists can blog. Bloggers can do journalism.

Bloggers need not be parasites on journalism, and journalism need not scorn blogging.

Nevertheless, the essay makes a good case for the dinosaurs.