06/29/2005: SKB Gets It....
From a Chattanooga Pulse article on Certain Happenings in the Tennessee Blogosphere That Will Go Unremarked On Here (because I've yet to decide where I really stand on all the issues):
...[B]oth Conley and South Knox Bubba said last week that blogs should not be seen as a threat to alt weeklies. “Blogs can influence alt weeklies by providing a free flow of ideas,” Conley said. “Alt weeklies can influence blogs by reporting the news and publishing thought provoking commentary.”
South Knox Bubba agreed. “I think blogs are a new information outlet that won’t replace any existing outlets any more than radio replaced newspapers or television replaced radio,” he wrote. “It would appear there is a virtually insatiable appetite for news and opinion. Blogs are just one more offering on the menu.
“Further, blogs will never replace traditional media because we don’t have staff reporters and fact checkers and lawyers on the payroll, and we are in fact dependent on traditional and alternative media to do the actual reporting work on the street. There is some original reporting happening on blogs, but for the most part what we offer is opinion. (And you know what they say about opinions.)”
Len on 06.29.05 @ 12:33 PM CST