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journalists are not bloggers

If there's anyone out there who's still suffering under the delusion that bloggers are journalists, read this: Candor Costs Journalist Her Job. What's the difference between a blogger and a journalist? Easy: A blogger can afford to say what they really think, a journalist has to keep up the appearance of impartiality.

And that is a good thing! I've said it before, and I'll say it again: If the web was constrained by the same rules as mainstream journalism, it would lose all its joy. The democracy, the personality, the rage. We have newspapers, people. The web can be so much more.

Let's all hope Rosemary Armao starts a weblog.

{ 10:56am }


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