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June 29, 2005
Grokster and blogging
I was really wowed by how blogs took the Grokster ruling and ran with it. Whether it was Ernest Miller and his blogging, including a rapid fire posting of the different press conference calls from both sides of the case. Or the discussions at the SCOTUSblog. Or the Wall Street Journal's Grokster Roundtable (which ok, looks like a cross between a blog and a discussion board).
What struck me, though, was that I was so busy reporting that I didn't have time to blog and dive into the conversation. I had over a dozen interviews on Monday, along with the frantic calling to get people.
And that's the whole frustrating riddle--at least when it comes to breaking news. When does it make sense to stop reporting and blog, which I want to do? And when should I keep reporting madly for an article that I am also very excited about writing?
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Can't you, to some extent, combine the two? By which I mean, could some of your blog be copied to the article or column you're writing for BW, while some of the information for the article could be fed in to the blog? I view it as a sort of intellectual time-slicing project wherein you generate the comments you want to make, regardless of the medium they will eventually occupy. Perhaps this will change the nature of blogging and cause it to become more formal, less dynamic... more like reporting.... and cause reportorial writing to become less formal, more dynamic... more like blogging. Both of which would no doubt dismay purists on both sides, but that's another story.
Posted by: Robin Boulton at July 5, 2005 12:44 PM