Blogs: are they journalism?

January 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm (Thoughts) (, , , , )

I am writing a dissertation on the impact of blogs on traditional journalism and if objectivity has now been replaced by opinion.
I would really appreciate your views on the matter and therefore your time.
My main focus will be comparing both sides of the argument; are blogs even real journalism, are they lacking in quality or are they the way forward, are they the future of journalism?
Please if you could answer some questions you will be helping me pass this degree.

  • What do you feel about the value of blogs, do you think they are the future of journalism?
  • For those ‘traditional’ journalists (who aren’t familiar with new media and simply write an objective story) do you think it is fair for them to have to write an opinion on the story they have just written or do you think it is something that they have to accept?
  • Is writing a blog compromising a journalist’s exclusivity and their write to publish an article without having to comment on it?
  • Do you think without journalistic training blogs can be uneducated opinion that can sometimes be lacking in quality?
  • Would you say that a blog post requires less ‘work’ than writing a news story, which is the easier of the two?
  • Andrew Marr stated that blogs were ‘spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night’ do you feel there is any truth in what he says?

If you need any clarification of any of the questions then let me know.

Thank you.



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Is rock music really dead?

January 12, 2011 at 11:28 am (Music News, Thoughts) (, , , , , , , , )

An article that appeared in the Guardian has caused a huge wave of responses from musicians and journalists alike after it stated that rock music was on its last legs.

Click here for the article.

Rock Sound have responsed and have posted over on their website the thoughts from members of bands and singers who believe what was written was a load of s**t.

As Gavin from The Blackout said: “Rock isn’t dead, talent is. All the songs in the charts are rehashed oldies with over auto-tuned bollocks over the top.” This I agree with, the article states that according to the charts the only big rock songs that had success in 2010 were Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing and Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine. Journey’s song only made it back in to the charts because of Glee, sad state of affairs that a song has to appear on a prime-time show to get recognised.

Surely out of all the genres of music rock is the one where chart positions aren’t important. Yes the charts are dominated by R ‘n’ B and American rappers and there is a lack of rock but for me its the gigs by my favourite rock artists that really matter. I’m sure members of Led Zeppelin or Deftones aren’t waiting by a radio on Sunday night to hear if their song or album had reached number one or not, of course a number one album isn’t something to say no to but its the fan base that attend their shows that I think they are more concerned about.

If rock music is dead as the article claims then why are festivals such as Sonisphere and Download doing so well?

The article is purely based on record sales and this is where the problem lies, just because rock music isn’t stating it’s claim in the charts doesn’t mean it’s dead!

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A daily musing

July 11, 2010 at 12:12 am (Thoughts)

Surely the art of the critic is to put across their view in an informed manner, be it positive or negative. However when something is said that readers don’t agree on how is it right to attack the writer on a personal level? The ideology of freedom of expression tends to get thrown out of the window and instead a torrent of abuse is put in its place.

Reviewers end up having to defend their work and justify every word to those who don’t agree. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion if you don’t agree with it then that is absolutely fine but to vent your grievance in a way that causes offence is simply wrong. It isn’t then about the review anymore but instead a war of words that draws attention away from the subject matter.

It tends to now be all about getting the most responses and comments on your work and causing high volumes of traffic to the site on which your work appears. Do we all just love a feud nowadays or are people genuinely so passionate about the subject matter that they feel the need to hurl abuse as an act of defence?

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A little fish in a huge pond!

February 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm (Thoughts)

My mind recently has been plagued with concerning thoughts over the fact that in just over a year i would have finished my degree and will have no income, no job and no guarantee of a job in my chosen field.

It is this that, since the start of second year, has made me desperately try and build up my CV with reviewing cd’s,gigs and bands, as lets face it a degree doesn’t really get you anywhere nowadays.

Think how many students there are with a degree working behind a checkout or serving your dinner in a restuarant trying to get a break, a degree means nothing without a portfolio of experience behind your belt.

This however is easier said than done. The waiting lists for music magazines are ridiculous, everyone is in the same position scrambling to get their foot through the (in my case) music industry’s door.

I will continue writing reviews for free and for fanzines for the reason of building up my CV and determination i am sure will eventually pay off and i will be a reviewer for an established music magazine and one day the editor.

I suppose we all have dreams but making these reality is another story.

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