To blog or not to blog.

That is the question.

Blogging has become a familiar part of internet life over the last few years, there’s no getting away from it. Every news source has a blogging section, from Sky News to the Irish Times, and it’s all well and good because they are trustworthy news sources.

But what about the average person? I can set up a blog, sure look at what I’m doing right now. Do you trust what I say? Probably not. Am I offended? Of course not.¬†Everything I write could be utter rubbish (which it’s not!) after all. That’s the danger of blogging.

Do you trust bloggers? Even if a blogger is attached to a newspaper or other media organisation, would you believe everything they write?

I read an article in which Jeff Jarvis, a blogger, said ‘I have learned to trust the voice and judgment of my fellow citizens’ when it comes to blogging. Also from the same article, ‘A survey of 10,000 blog readers earlier this year conducted by Blogads found that 61 percent of respondents found blogs to be “more honest” than other media outlets.’

Now, this shocks me. Fair enough, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I don’t feel that the average citizen has the training or the understanding that it is involved with news-breaking. How can 61% of those surveyed find blogs ‘more honest’?! You can literally write anything you want on a blog, so how do these people know that it is all true? Unless a news site is referenced, there’s no way to know!

Article: http://www.ojr.org/ojr/technology/1092267863.php

Image: http://blog.tamtamy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/blog.jpg

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