Andrew Buchmann

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Are blogs useful tools for obtaining information?

I see blogs as an important way to spread information. Blogs can literally be meme generators and are thus useful sources for obtaining information. However, I do not believe all blogs should be held to the same degree of integrity, as any Joe Schmo off the street (such as myself) with an internet connection and a computer, can pretty much start a blog.

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    Jun 9 2011: As all books don't carry same credibility or usefulness same should apply to bolgs.
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    Jun 8 2011: I agree that blogs are a great way to spread inforamtion; I also worry that there's no way to verify information anymore with all the blogs and wikis out there now. Do you verify/fact check by using another blog? I love the idea of disseminating ideas and information. Sometimes I think there's too much informaiton out there - information that is made up or incorrect or hurtful - and there is no way to rein it in. I often think about starting a blog and then wonder who would read it. Then I see all the other blogs out there, and wonder who reads those. Someone must. Right?
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    Jun 8 2011: I disagree to an extent.
    Track the progress of videos going viral, you'll see more facebook, twitter, and email than blogs.
    Blogs are also a very good way to obtain misinformation. Most blogs are not fact checked by an editor, and should not be substitute for real news.

    Now there are some very good blogs out there, and they're wonderful for expressing an idea or opinion or sharing some obscure news I may not have seen otherwise ( but they better link to an actual news site that I can then link on my facebook).
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      Jun 8 2011: I agree and thus why I said not all blogs should be held to the same degree of integrity. And yes social networking has definitely taken the spotlight, but that does not mean blogs are any less valuable as sources of information, granted to the extent we both agree upon.
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        Jun 8 2011: Well yea, social networking certainly hasn't taken anything away from blogs.

        I'm all about citizen journalism though.