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Setting the Record Straight

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Since becoming a blogger about 6 months ago, I have occasionally written about blogs and blogging. But being relatively new to the blogosphere, I am not as deeply steeped in its conventions and history as many others, so I am taking my chances whenever I venture into this area. Unsurprisingly, I have made some errors and significant omissions, (probably more than have been called to my attention).

Time to correct the record.

Awhile back I wrote about the recent rise of progressive religious bloggers. I was immediately notified that I had left out an early and significant progressive religious blog, The Village Gate (formerly known as The Right Christians.)

Sometime later, I noticed a number of recent start-up progressive political blogs, all spin-offs of The Daily Kos. But I missed Newsfare — that got started when over 550 blogs took a stand against the nomination of the author of torture, Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General. Newsfare features headlines from both blogs and major news outlets.

Then yesterday, I wrote about ePluribus Media, the organization forming to continue the Gannongate investigation — and launch new ones. I wrote that it was the first large-scale example of open source journalism. I was quickly informed that, without taking anything away from the remarkable achievements of Susan Gardner and her team of citizen reporters, it would have been more accurate to describe it as but the latest example of open source, collaborative journalism, of which there have been a number of varieties over the years. Fair enough.

I appreciate the extraordinary role and promise of blogging and the Internet — both for politics and for journalism. I, like many of my colleagues, see all this as a democratizing corrective to the trend towards concentration of wealth and power in the U.S. — and to the antidemocratic movements these concentrations have unleashed. So while carving out my own modest role, I do try to recognize the pioneers and to appreciate what has gone into creating all of this. But I know it is not possible to know, and to be properly respectful of all that I should, and would like to be. So much has gone before. So much is happening even now.

I do try to get the story right. But I can’t promise that I will not stumble again. If I do, I hope people will write to me to set the record straight.

Written by fred

March 29th, 2005 at 11:36 pm

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  1. well done.


    29 Mar 05 at 11:39 pm

  2. Thanks for the clarification. Your readers might wish to know in particular about:

    1. Indymedia, an international network of news-sites founded in 1999, where an open publishing system supports tens of thousands of citizen-reporters, as well as
    2. OhmyNews International, founded in South Korea in 2000 as a citizen-reported newssite with professional editors, one of the largest news organizations in the world with 35,000 citizen-reporters in Korea alone. Professional journalists frequently write for OhmyNews, reporting stories that the mainstream media in their countries would not publish.

    Both The Independent Media Center, creators of indymedia, and OhmyNews, have published free print newspapers and dabbled in internet radio as well.


    30 Mar 05 at 7:32 am

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