Hi everyone from bucolic PEI —

I was checking my email and came across this link from James McPherson’s Media & Politics blog — passed along from Norm Sims. In the post, McPherson recounts a discussion with Norm at the AEJMC convention.

It’s an interesting analysis by McPherson, who examines the concept of whether “blogging might actually ‘save’ the 1960s-style literary journalism.”

“Save?” I don’t know about “saving” — perhaps blogging is part of a continuing evolution? Regardless, I think McPherson begins to hone in on the right points at the end of his post.

The better question might be: Can blogging and/or Web presentation be a tool for doing literary/narrative journalism? Well, sure. Why not? In fact many major sites out there are already doing projects along these lines — msnbc.com, washingtonpost.com, reuters.com and espn.com have all used blogging, multimedia and web presentation to present narrative storylines. The key to their successes is seeing blogging, Web presentation and multimedia as tools to present stories.

And, what about individual bloggers?

Pick your flavor of political blogger — but what do we call the body of work by bloggers like Joshua Micah Marshall and Markos Moulitsas? And, more to the point, does it really matter? Literary journalists moved the ball forward in the 1960s and it was an important development on the journalistic evolutionary scale. But that was then and this is now. Blogging is a tool and a form and it’s continuing to grow and evolve but one thing is for certain — it’s not going to die.

One problem is that there is still a good deal of prejudice out there, and McPherson hints at it a little bit — against the idea of blogging and bloggers. Yes, there are many, many bloggers out there writing about many, many issues. Some are legitimate, some not so much.

But at its base, blogs, multimedia and Web presentation are tools. Once everyone gets past the anti-intellectual bias against new media, then the possibilities are endless.

chrs,

Steve

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