Blogosphere of influence
In the summer of 2005 I wrote a minor dissertation for my Master’s degree in which I tried to put a new spin on that old chestnut, blogging versus journalism.
The thesis — Blogosphere of influence: Are weblogs enriching journalism in the new media environment? — was a lot of work, particularly since this is a field in which (at the time of writing at least) there was not much in the way of scholarly research available. But I had a lot of fun doing it.
Though an academic project, it was written with the intention of accessibility to anyone with even a passing interest in the subject, or in the general evolution of the media in this fast-changing world.
With that in mind, I invite you to download the full text to read for yourself and make up your own mind. (Spelling and grammatical errors and omissions are included free of charge.)
Since submitting my thesis, so much has changed both in the media and online as to render much of my work virtually obsolete. But I think it still stands as a worthy evaluation of where things stood at the time, and where they were pointing in the years ahead. If only Twitter had been around then...