Saturday, March 08, 2008

Animal House For Bloggers

I've been waiting for the day to come when one of those reality TV shows will either be all about bloggers or at least prominently feature a few. I may get my wish after teevee peepullz read a New York Times article today describing the lifestyle of a group of bloggers who share a residence in Washington DC, dubbed " the Flophouse"...
Photo by Michael Temchine for The New York Times

Group living in the nation’s capital is nothing new. In Washington, the work-life balance often seems less balance and more all-consuming overlap. After all, it is well known that even senators like Charles E. Schumer share housing with other politicians.

In that sense, the presence of a blogger house reflects the increasing number of online pundits in the capital. The Flophouse bloggers may not be part of the traditional mainstream news media, but they are certainly part of the mainstream blogosphere that is helping drive discourse in the city and the country...

“Groups of similar-minded people congregating together and publishing their thoughts used to be called a magazine,” Andrew Sullivan, the former editor of The New Republic who now blogs for The Atlantic, wrote in an e-mail message. “This is just a 21st-century version of an 18th-century innovation.”

So what happens when Washington life meets blogging life?
You'll have to read the NYT article to find out. The media world is divided when it comes to blogging. Some who have resisted continue to resist, while others have succeumbed, realizing that the blog can be used as a tool to verify and underline one's presence as a force to be reckoned with in the world of broadcast journalism. Some of the political pundits (Michelle Malkin comes to mind) often appear as talking heads on TV, perhaps giving the public the idea that have credibility as broadcast journalists, when that may not actually be the case.

Which next brings on the dilemma as to what kind of a blog or style of blogging is "important" - political, news commentary, entertainment, etc. The answer is that each, every and all have a place and will continue to for the present. Check back here in 5 years, because I think by then we'll know how this all shakes out.

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