The blog infection and political influence

Stephen VanDyke offers an intriguing diagram of the routes news takes on the Internet. I think it grossly understates the influence of mass media sources like CNN and The New York Times, which are the raw material of many blog postings and email and forum postings (Glenn Reynolds’ “dark matter of the blogosphere”). Without that raw material, we’d have little to talk about, at least until civic journalism really takes off.

Mitch’s Take: The fundamental flaw is to see the blogosphere as the center of anything. It’s all edge all the time, so why try to conceive of everything passing through it?

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Author: Mitch Ratcliffe

Mitch Ratcliffe is a veteran entrepreneur, journalist and business model hacker. He operates this site, which is a collection of the blogs he's published over the years, as well as an archive of his professional publishing record. As always, this is a work in progress. Such is life.