Are blogs breaking down the notion of hard news?

April 12, 2006

Do we need some kind of empirical data in categorizing the hybrid blogs we are following – particularly in naming what is a hard news or political blog?  Or do blogs aim to break down these kinds of boundaries?  Are blogs pointing towards a different way of thinking that is breaking down barriers?  For example, blogs certainly break down a notion of  public/private in  way that challenges traditional western journalism and public media.  Are blogs also breaking down hard news / soft news? 

I’ve never been so aware of how gendered the notion of hard news is as when reading hybrid blogs.

I find myself automatically going to categorize a Colby Cosh as hard news and politics, when the case could be as easlily made that it’s a men’s lifestyle blog.


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