BBC launches blog portal & indy journo blogger is mad

April 12, 2006

Read a good rant by Euan Semple, BBC employee independent blogger  , regarding the corp’s decision to launch a BBC blog portal as announced by one of its masterminds this April 2006.   T


2 Responses to “BBC launches blog portal & indy journo blogger is mad”

  1. Ian Munroe Says:

    Hi Susannah,

    I really enjoyed Euan Semple’s blog posting on the sanctity of blogs as an outlet for individual commentary, and the tension that causes with media organizations.

    It sort of cuts to the heart of a fundamental issue in cyberspace, with individuals being empowered to generate their own content on one hand – often by using blogs – and large business interests (including those of news outlets) trying to stake out some relevance / control and therefore profitability on the other hand.

    Can journalist blogging be as much about commercial interest as it is about competing for an audience to take in one’s entirely personal or professional views? The blogosphere would then be contested ground as much as most other areas of the web seem to be at the moment….

    One more question that I think is worth highlighting: Is blogging necessarily the domain of the individual or can it be a collectivist undertaking?

  2. mediasphere Says:

    Hey Ian.
    Re: journalist blogging and commercial interests & competing for audiences.

    The state of the blogosphere raises for me all kinds of questions about the nature of corporate and
    commercial interests in journalism.

    It seems to me based on what I read that the Canadian journalistic blogosphere is dominated by a small network of hybrid bloggers. I wouldn’t say that they all have an identical political perspective, but they are all certainly share a concept of what is a legitimate and relevant political sphere for commentary and social engagement.

    In this regard, there’s a common political context shared by the majority of the hybrid bloggers.

    The question of interests and ideology is crucial but neglected both in the blogopshere, the mainstream media and in our j-school.

    Somehow people seem to be able to hang on to the idea that traditional journalistic practices are genuinely neutral in their expression of democratic values.

    But the volume of issues and perspectives that are marginal to press and blogosphere discourse demonstrates the extent to which the notion of democracy as a viable system for the achievement of a just society has become less and less credible.

    I was talking to an American student studying here a couple of weeks back at Pauper’s. I asked him what it’s like to move here as a young guy who left out of disgust for the Iraq war and a military-dominated family.

    He said he’s stunned to see the extent to which Canadians engaged in mainstream democratic discourse seem to have even less awareness of radical and post-modern critiques than most Americans he knows who are engaged in the mainstream in a parallel way.

    That doesn’t surprise me at all. Every time I go abroad or into First Nations communties (another kind of abroad) I’m shocked to be reminded how Victorian the Cdn context is is all the values that suggests (I remember the religion project article naming that).

    Do you have any thoughts on that from the poly sci or economic history archives? Give me some of those titles you named in online journalism again, I’d like to get some reading done this summer…I am working on George Grant right now.

    Blogging can be a collectivist undertaking. I’m going to post some interesting collectivist blogs I’ve seen.

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