Years ago, there was CNN. The alternative to network news. No one really believed that some cable news network could displace the networks. CNN never really did, but did become an important news source.
Then came MSNBC and then FoxNews. No one really thought that FoxNews could displace CNN, but they did and in fact have begun showing greater numbers than the networks.
In fact, the only people who watch the network news are people like my dad who don't have cable and really old people. As the really old people die, and my dad gets cable, they will wither away.
New to the news domain is the BLOG. In case you are totally moronic, sites like The Nap Room and even...Instapundit...are blogs.
As recently as the Democrataic National convention blogs were widely disregarded as just a bunch of losers sitting at home writing stuff.
But in the great tradition of the early days of the printing press that pushed writers like Thomas Paine and Martin Luther into the forefront, the blogsphere is coming into its own as a news source.
Journalism has a new dress code. Pajamas.
The people who write blogs, short for Web logs, don't get much respect from the mainstream media. Jonathan Klein, a former senior executive at "60 Minutes," said on Fox News last week that "Bloggers have no checks and balances. . . . (It's) a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas."
But it took only a day for bloggers to show the emperor has no clothes, exposing CBS for airing a report based on possibly forged documents about President Bush's National Guard service.
Just take a look at the once outside the mainstream sites like Little Green Footballs and his post talked about by Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Bill O'Reilly, and it's easy to see that Blogs are slowly coming into their own as a news source.Posted by psugrad98 at September 15, 2004 04:23 PM