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Bloggers vs Establishment Journalists

Glenn Greenwald has put together a great breakdown of why the blogosphere is putting pressure on traditional journalism:

“The principal benefit from the emergence of the blogosphere is that it has opened up our political discourse to a much wider and more diverse group of participants. Previously, establishment journalists and their hand-picked commentators were the sole vehicle for the dissemination of political opinions. The only commentators and opinions which received any real attention were the ones which establishment journalists deemed worthy of attention. Those who were outside of the club of established journalists were ignored and unable to have their opinions heard.”

Do credentials matter in blogging? Do they matter in journalism? If you get your facts straight and can write coherently, why should they?

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