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Weblogs and Journalism

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Yes, I do believe weblogs have forced those who practice "Journalism" (the profession) to work a little harder, and to not be as sloppy as often.

As an aside - the word "Journalism" is dervied from journal for which one of the offered definitions is "a daily written record of (usually personal) experiences and observations". Hmm - this sounds like a weblog. So if a weblog is a form of journal, then presumably we can say that those who keep weblogs are practicing journalism - by definition?

Of course in common usage "Journalism" (especially when capitallized) is often used to describe the profession associated with newspapers, magazines, and (sometimes) television.

So ... those who keep weblogs are "journalists", but not "Journalists"?? Is this something of a rather fine - or perhaps slight - distinction? This change from centrallized to decentrallized mass communication (from print to the Internet) is playing havoc with old definitions :).