Rettberg Chap 4


In chapter 2, Rettberg warns that we get the most out of our thinking about blogs if we understand them in the context of communication and publication in general and not in how they differ from mainstream media (36). Viewing them as online diaries or as flawed journalism doesn't get us very far. Blogs aren't trying to be journalism, or diaries. For starters, Rettberg shows us in chap 3, blogs are social - not like a diary and certainly not like mainstream print journalism. Blogs, as a whole, are not journalism, and bloggers don't seek to be journalists. Blogs are being used by journalists, but they still don't become journalism. However, chapter 4 argues, blogs and bloggers are "changing the ways journalism works" (92).

First-hand reports
Tell stories overlooked by mainstream media
Act as journalism filters: gate-watchers

Rettberg is focused on presenting ways of understanding blogs and blogging and bloggers on their own terms - a praiseworthy goal, and a difficult one that we should be equally focused on to do her work right.

Choose a sub-section in this chapter to explore, depending on what you're interested in

Bloggers's perception of themselves
When it matters
Objectivity, authority, and credibility - the state of knowledge in blogs
First-hand reports: war zone and chance happenings
Bloggers as independent journalists and opinionists
Gatewatching

BUT
Rather than work with Rettberg, search google. I'd like you to see what you can offer to this discussion.


Print presses are expensive, and used for commodity production. The internet made access to publication inexpensive and opened to alternatives to commodity production. That prompted the mainstream to re-evaluate their role as the sole providers of journalism.

Chapter 4, true to scholarly form,

You might want to look again at what she writes in Defining blogs, pp 30ff.
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