Don't fear the blogger
- 3 May 06, 04:57 PM
The discussion on citizen journalism at the We Media forum has stirred up opinions among some of the bloggers here. Throughout the discussion, there was a real sense of them and us. In this case, the them are bloggers and the us are the mainstream media.
Neha Viswanathan, part of the Global Voices network, has captured this defensiveness in her post. For her, it is not an us vs them.
As she writes: "It’s sad if journalism as a profession feels threatened by citizen journalism. But if it makes them clean up their act - Oh! Why not? It is unfortunate that people who support citizen journalism have to feel so defensive in a forum that was supposed to engage the two camps. I feel like they’ve divided them up even further."
There is no denying that big media organisations are still uneasy with the idea of blogs. As my friend Kevin Anderson explains in this post: "I get the feeling that some of us in large media organisations want citizen journalists’ content but they don’t want the messiness of the blogosphere. Sorry, you can’t have it both ways. It’s messy out there."
However there seem to be some people who "get" the We Media idea.
This is what the BBC's director of global news Richard Sambrook told the conference: "We easily get trapped in either/or mindset: Mainstream vs bloggers. Get over it. We live in a remixed mash-up world."
This is the way of the world now and there is no way to put the genie back in the bottle.