Robert Niles, asking rhetorically if blogs are a ‘parasitic’ medium, calls such charges
poorly informed insult of many hard-working Web publishers who are doing fresh, informative and original work. And by dismissing blogs as “parasitic,” newspaper journalists make themselves blind to the opportunities that blogging, as well as independent Web publishing in general, offer to both the newspaper industry and newspaper journalists.
It’s odd to see the continuing backlash from traditional journalism organizations, even as a few of them — and many more to come — start actually bringing their audiences into the process.
For the record, there are at least a dozen bloggers whose coverage of topics I care about do a considerably better job than any journalist working for a traditional media company.