Friday, February 10, 2006

Media Wars: Attack of the Blogs

Weblogs are at best a nuisance and at worst dangerous to the mainstream media (MSM)?

Well, Paul Reynolds of the World Affairs correspondent from Beebs, beg to differ. From Beebs again:

Bloggers: an army of irregulars

For many in the "mainstream media", as bloggers call us, weblogs are at best a nuisance and at worst dangerous.
They are seen as the rantings and ravings either of the unbalanced or the tedious.

My experience over the past few months has led me to an opposite conclusion.

I regard the blogosphere as a source of criticism that must be listened to and as a source of information that can be used.


Only this week, they tracked down the origin of a fake cartoon which has been fuelling the furore over the characterisation of Muhammad in a Danish paper.

One of the pictures being circulated, a very fuzzy, grey photocopy, apparently showed the prophet Muhammad with the face of a pig.

It was quickly pointed out, by bloggers and others, that this was not one of the 12 Danish cartoons.

Nobody however knew the origin of this portrayal.

Then I received an e-mail from a reader passing on a link to a blog called neandernews.

And there it was.

The picture had nothing to do with the prophet. It was a photo of the winner of a "pig-squealing" competition held last summer in the French Pyrenees. It had first been published on the MSNBC website in August.

It is a good read, therefore please spare some time to check out the full article.

May the force be with the bloggers. Wohooo!!!

Psstt...heard that Jeff's on ntv7's Mandarin news? programme? just now? on Sunday. Anyone mind to share what he was will be talking about?

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