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The Wall St. Journal gives balanced coverage to the invitation-only “Blogging, Journalism & Credibility: Battleground and Common Ground.” conference taking place at harvard this weekend, with one exception:
“There is,” the article says, “no exam to pass or society to join to become a blogger — anybody can set up a “Web log” to publish his or her ideas — and at last count, an estimated eight million people in the U.S. are doing so, writing on everything from pets to porn.”
Hello, the United States has a Constitional amendment guaranteeing that right to citizens. There is also so exam to pass or society to join to become a newspaper or magazine publisher. All you need is cash, lots of it.
Blogs are democratic vehicles because they are free or cheap to start and have no censorship. At least not yet.
Why is that so hard for traditional media to understand?