A post by long-time tech blogger Dan Gillmor about the decline of the “indie web” got me thinking about the old days of the blogosphere, and how powerful the unedited voice of a single passionate blogger can be. Have we gained as much as we’ve lost?
An appeals court has ruled that a blogger is a member of the media for the purposes of defamation law — another decision that helps support the idea of protecting acts of journalism, rather than just specific people who are defined as professional journalists
Calacanis says he built the Inside app and its associated website to provide a smart news-curation tool that will give users an easy way to browse high-quality online journalism via human-generated summaries
Over the past 12 years, blogging has gone from being a niche curiosity to becoming a catch-all phrase for everything from rants to press release rewrites. However, what has not changed is its ethos and its importance in an increasingly content rich world.
Newspapers and social media are seen as opposite ends of the media spectrum now, and in many cases as adversaries — but not all that long ago, newspapers themselves were a very powerful form of social media
From the front room of his flat in a British suburb, an unemployed man with no journalistic training named Eliot Higgins has become the go-to source for information about weapons and military activity in Syria
New Yorker magazine wonders who the “next great technology critic” might be now that Walt Mossberg and David Pogue have moved on — but the truth is there isn’t going to be one or two, there will be hundreds.
Protection for journalists via a so-called “shield law” seems like a good idea, but as Josh Stearns of Free Press notes, any such law needs to cover acts of journalism, not just journalists
The Columbia Journalism Review says that bloggers like Kara Swisher and Andrew Sullivan are unique, and that other journalists and writers shouldn’t look to them as examples of what is possible — but that’s not true at all
Techmeme founder Gabe Rivera has announced that the technology-news aggregator will begin rewriting headlines on the links it posts — a small change, but one that also illustrates how much the balance of power in media is shifting.