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News,  June 20, 2006

Blog Boom Goes Global

"Although the term “blog” only came about in the late 1990s, today blogs are a phenomenon spanning the globe: a new blog is reportedly launched every second! This explosive growth has led to a backlash against bloggers from a variety of governments and institutions wary of the communicative power of this simple web-based publishing format. This interesting piece examines the state of the global blogosphere. ...

"'The Blossoming Of Citizen Journalism'
London's BBC (June 5) welcomed the new Internet craze in an article titled, "Why we are all journalists now," which said: "The blossoming of citizen journalism stands as one of the Internet's most exciting developments. With millions of bloggers, tens of millions of Internet posters, and hundreds of millions of readers, online news sources have radically reshaped the way we access our daily news. While mainstream news organizations initially expressed doubt about the news value of online sources such as blogs, in recent months many have launched their own blogs, frequently maintained by some of their most distinctive voices. Indeed, the remarkable growth of the blogosphere is enough to convince even the most die-hard skeptic that something important is afoot. Technorati, a blog search engine, reports that it tracks 75,000 new blogs each day."

This article also discusses that blogs depend on the value of free speech, allowing all users to publish their ideas on the internet. Also discussed are reactions to this increased use of this technology from various world governments and social institutions.

Referred by: Idealist
Posted by mbiswas on June 20, 2006 | News