Thursday, September 27, 2007

HW 13: Why Blogs Matter

Some people are under the impression that blogs have only to do with media, politics or personal issues. The argument made by Stephen Baker and Heather Green in an article called, Blogs Will Change Your Business in the book, Blog! How the Newest Media Revolution is Changing Politics, Business, and Culture written by David Kline and Dan Burstein says, “if anyone thought blogs had only to do with media or politics or personal issues, they were missing one of the biggest elephants in the room: big business” (Baker, Green 221). While I understand that blogs will be very important to big business in terms of advertising and public image, at the same time the effect that they have had and will have on politics, social and personal ideas is going to be more profound. For example the short lived presidential campaign of Howard Dean proved that, “political bloggers can mobilize and unite large groups of citizens in ways that make insurgent candidates more viable” (Kline 14). The fact that blogs can have such an effect on something so important as who the next president is, and whether or not someone dies, (in the case of Ayelet Waldman whose blog readers alerted family of a suicide threat posted on her blog) is more important in the long run than big business making even more money.

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