My baloney has a first name, it's A. R. G. U. S.
I'm not sure whether to be irritated with Randall Beck and the Argus, or to pity them. It was all well and good for the Argus to blog with the rest of the SDBlogOSphere during a prior election. At least, until it completely flopped, because it was simply a regurgitation of what was printed.
In our electronic age, when anybody with an Internet connection and an ax to grind can distribute baloney disguised as news, a good newspaper with high ethical standards plays a critically important role in any community or state.
What is even more galling about that quote, is the number of times that I've read things in the Argus that come from blog sources. Recently, I noted a news item coming from CCK's blog, and there was another item that originally appeared on my blog that "found" its way to the Argus about a week after either of us noted it. Uncredited, of course.
I've said it before (and it's a staple in my SD Political Blogging talks) that blogs affect coverage in the same manner that letters to the editor do. If there are items that generate a lot of buzz, they will generate coverage from main stream media sources. That's what we do.
Let's face it. The Internet is here to stay. News coverage is continuing to change because of the web, and news blogging is only a recent entry forcing evolution. Newspapers are the focus at the moment, because that's who see blogs as a threat - based on our use of the written word as the medium of communication.
You think a few newspapers like the Argus who don't "get it" are squealing right now? Wait until VLogging catches on. As the technology becomes cheaper and more "desktop" it's the evening news broadcast that's going to take the next steps at forced evolution. After suffering for years under the spell of vapid reporters and bad newscasting, the public themselves are going to have their shot at it. Some will come, and most will go. But there's going to be a few who change the landscape forever.
"A good newspaper with high ethical standards plays a critically important role in any community or state" I agree. And it's unfortunate that the editors of the Argus don't realize that no matter how much they pontificate in an onanistic manner that many people don't associate the state's largest newspaper with the words "high ethical standards". (Maybe that should be the next Argus Leader Reader's poll).
As for my morning? As usual, I read the Argus. Now I'm going to read the Rapid City Journal to see how a paper with "high ethical standards" covers the news. Sometimes they write things I like. Sometimes they don't. But I can take comfort that the Rapid City Journal "gets it."
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