I have been thinking for quite some time about Bloggers vs. Traditional Media. People give bloggers a lot of flak for having typos, bad grammar, and unchecked facts in their blogs. I agree that it’s true, they have exactly that. Where I disagree though is the silent argument that traditional media doesn’t have that.
It’s becoming more and more prevalent, with the popularity of essentially news aggregators like Google News, that traditional media companies are struggling to be the first to break the news. In their struggle to be the first, it seems they are, more and more, skipping any real copy-editing steps. I constantly see CBS News, BBC, Fox, and even AP wire stories, with typos, grammatical errors, factually incorrect information, etc. in them.
What’s the point, then, of traditional media? They’re becoming a blog themselves. At least real bloggers get to share their real opinion (for better or worse) instead of being the same old media machine.