Bloggers were recently accredited to be bona fide members of the press at Scooter Libby’s trial.
I think it’s interesting regarding the power of the netroots and so on, (ie., map mashups and open source mapping, political involvement at the local level) that this happened. It’s kind of a sign of the maturing of blogging from just a few years ago.
What’s also interesting is that bloggers have their own lobby group, the nonpartisan Media Bloggers Association, and that it already has over 1,000 members! Sounds nice. When do I get my invitation? 🙂Scooter Libby, by the way in case you’ve forgotten was Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff until indicted last year on charges of obstruction of justice.
Relatedly (and I was going to write more about this but maybe later) Matt Stoller has an interesting manifesto-like column on the power of the netroots here. I’m not so much interested in the debate between traditional journalism (which is–in theory–good at investigative journalism and fact-checking) and blogging-news (evidence of where the battle-lines actually are can be seen at any major newspaper, which have all adopted blogging like elements to their websites) but what the netroots offers that traditional information sources can’t or won’t offer.
Open-source data (eg the Open Source mapping project)
Rich data linking (map mashups, bluetooth/GPS)
User-controlled and accessible mapping tools at the local level
Get out the vote (and other involvement areas) tools for everybody
At heart this is all to do with knowledge production, control and access, and nobody knows where it’s going yet (eg., see debates on whether wikipedia is a good idea or not).