January 16, 2007

Bloggers accredited at Scooter Libby trial

Filed under: politics — ubikcan @ 4:34 pm

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.

Things like:

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).


1 Comment »

  1. Tour comment, “traditional journalism (which is–in theory–good at investigative journalism and fact-checking)”, is indeed theory today. Today’s journalist are no more than propaganda machines. They do not investigate nor fat check and that is where they have made their mistakes. Blogs point out their ommissions and reveal the hidden facts, so my vote goes to the bloggers over the so-called journalists.

    Comment by madmouser — January 16, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: