Blogging Boston

Congratulations to all the bloggers who earned press credentials to cover the Democratic National Convention in Boston. I'm so excited for these guys. The New York Times talks to a few of them here. You gotta love the opportunity blogs have provided people. I mean, Jeralyn Merritt, criminal defense lawyer in Denver, now has access to the bowels of the Democratic National Convention? Wonderful! And Stephen Yellin in Berkeley Heights, N.J? Where's that? Who's he? He's 16! Now that's opportunity.

Merritt told the Times after getting her credentials:

"It was someone who was judging me on the work that I was doing for free over the last two years and found me worthy."

Guess it wasn't for free after all, eh? Having a passion pays off.

I think many in the media get it and are adapting, even leveraging, the new medium. That's great. But it's always fun watching those still fighting from the other side of a dying paradigm. I love this quote in the article from a journalism professor:

"I think that bloggers have put the issue of professionalism under attack," said Thomas McPhail, professor of media studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who argues that journalists should be professionally credentialed. "They have no pretense to objectivity. They don't cover both sides."

Both sides? Objectivity? How silly. Tom, I have to say ... THAT'S THE POINT! At least for me, I don't care if a blogger covers only conservative issues or only liberal issues or any of the several hundred points of view in between. At least I know where bloggers stand within 10 seconds of reading their stuff. They are smart enough to have absolutely no pretense of objectivity, which is a dopy notion, anyway, one that only the elite media talk about yet no one believes. I've never met a single objective person in my life. Not one. Not even a journalist. And I've worked with several hundred of them from all over the world for a decade. Journalists are human, just like the rest of us, Tom. You are not special.

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