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Monday, May 16, 2005

Print Media Is Safe..

Blogs haven't taken over the world just yet.
Charting the discussion of issues during the 2004 presidential campaign, the study found political blogs -- online opinion and information sites -- played a similar, but not greater role, as the mainstream media in "creating buzz" around the candidates' campaigns.

The study dispels the notion that blogs are replacing traditional media as the public's primary source of information, said Michael Cornfield, a senior research consultant at Pew.

"Bloggers follow buzz as much as they make it," said Cornfield. "Our research uncovered a complicated dynamic in which a hot topic of conversation could originate with the blogs or it could originate with the media or it could originate with the campaigns.

"We can say that if people still have that idea that the bloggers are the new fifth estate, that the bloggers are the new kingmakers, that's not the case."

This is good for the moment and another reason for those of us in the print business to use the growing blog nation for our own benefit. There are some papers that are doing it and with the New York Times joining such a fad, it means that the print media hasn't yet fallen behind the times.

Study: Blogs Haven't Displaced Media [CNN]
Blogging as in Slogging [NYT]
The Annotated New York Times [Homepage]

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