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Crowdsourcing Watergate

October 29th, 2008

Today’s NY Times had a sobering article about the demise of old media. I’ve been a proponent of blogging and other citizen initiatives, but I think that the old media has a role that will be missed if newspapers exit stage left: holding powerful people accountable through direct access. Is the SecDef going to respond to bloggers directly? There really is something about the fact that public officials have formal and informal communication with certain reporters, and that these reporters have some independent standing.

As Lance Bennett said at a talk yesterday, “Can you really crowdsource Watergate?”

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  1. October 29th, 2008 at 22:18 | #1

    I am monitoring your blog with Google Reader

    Thank you for the ‘heads up’ on print media waning.
    In addition to the changes cited in the NYT piece, the Christian Science Monitor has made this announcement
    http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1029/p25s01-usgn.html
    that it will cease daily print publication and develop its following on/to the WEb

  2. October 30th, 2008 at 09:47 | #2

    Hi Bucky,

    Thanks for the link and reading my blog! Although I don’t read the CSM, it is sad to think that they won’t print anymore. I am surprised that they can’t raise the price and at least offer a print edition for those who *really* want it.

    Cheers,
    Mike

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