Blogging, Journalism and Credibility - Harvard

I was lucky enough to be able to participate in a conference on Blogging, Journalism and Credibility at Harvard University. I am not myself an expert on this but found the discussions extremely instructive. And of course I see possibilities that our BlogBridge software might play a role in this space in the future. So I am vitally interested! Many many people have blogged in great detail on this conference, so I won't try to improve on that, except for this great little aha! tidbit:


All the discussion in one way or another centered around the question of how blogging affect journalism and journalism might affect blogging. Will blogging be the CB radio of the 2000's, to be remembered as a curiosity of the times, gone and mostly forgotten? Or, will blogging instead render MSM (mainstream media) obsolete, putting even the New York Times out of business?


The NYT? They are an institution. We all grew up with it. Everyone relies on it. They have a budget in the millions and revenues to match. Putting the NYT out of business is an outlandish exageration, that's what I think, and most of the room thought.


So here was the aha!: Remember the Encyclopedia Britannica? Hmm.

"They are an institution. We all grew up with it. Everyone relies on it. They have a budget in the millions and revenues to match." They weren't put away by blogs of course, but arguably by the internet writ large, the internet phenomenon. It could happen.

Posted on January 22, 2005 and filed under Life.