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El Camino College The Union

The student news site of El Camino College

El Camino College The Union

The student news site of El Camino College

El Camino College The Union

Commentary: Blog ease of accessibility should not outweigh need for accuracy

Ironically, this newspaper is discussing the effect of blogging on our society.
Blogging – one of the reasons newspapers and other established media are panicking – has exploded into a phenomenon that just about everyone under the age of 30 has heard about.

Everyone from MySpace users to Jossip editors to professional journalists on newspaper or magazine websites are defined as bloggers.

With such a wide array of sites to get information from the worry arises as to which of these sources are really credible.
They’re all blogs, so they must be pedaling the same thing – right?

Everyone has had someone, whether it’s a wise grandmother or annoying know-it-all friend, that tells him “you can’t believe everything you hear,” but the phrase “you can’t believe everything you see blogged,” is quickly becoming more appropriate.

By trying to cash in on the trend of blogging, credible media organizations have blurred the lines between personal writing and professional writing.

It’s just another growing pain that media
is going through to adjust to the Internet, but it’s walking a delicate line between being cool and being informative.

The constant struggle in media has always been, and now is even more so, between getting people interested in the news while still telling the real news.

That’s something the new media will have to sort out on it’s own, but for now, individuals are starting to provide what the old media can’t: rallying points that people are passionate about and which cater to a niche appeal.

Most people reading this article no doubt have a few blogs they frequent right now, whether it’s the hyper-local news about your friend’s latest crush or the latest update about the Lakers.

The strength of a blog is its ability to provide exactly the information people want whenever they want it; their weakness is the unreliable nature of their accuracy.

The fact that anyone can create a blog undermines the medium’s basic credibility.

Of course, there is important informative, true information floating around the Internet, and if Web surfers can struggle through the treacherous waters, there is no reason to completely discount blogs.

Just remember: you can’t believe everything you see blogged.

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