As technology continues to enhance, the use of blogging is very helpful for everyone. For example, blogging has no right or wrong answer, but it expresses different opinions and beliefs about various topics. Now we are near Christmas time, certain blogs can help consumers decide if different toys are worth the money, and if the toy is a good product or not. Blogs can have a million different topics, and you can voice your opinion or ask questions. My personal opinion is broadcast media is controlled by the government. The media is only looking for ratings and shown on television to persuade the viewers of their findings and opinions. In contrast, blogs are something an individual chooses to view, read, and express themselves. Blogs show both sides of any topic whereas broadcast media is mostly one sided. Back to the Christmas toy example, if the toy is advertised on television, it only shows the positives, in comparison to blogs, the bloggers will express their satisfaction with the product and other bloggers will express their disappointment or dissatisfaction of the product. In the end, I believe blogging is becoming more influential because it allows individuals to see different aspects of a topic instead of just one.
Broadcast media, falling under the gate keeping system, is growing in it's bias. People are less willing to trust the broadcast media as information provided is less trustworthy and less honest. Opinion articles and unfiltered information are what readers are looking for. We want people to speak from the heart, about what they know and what they think is most important.
It seems as though blogs have become much more prominent online outlets for people to go to for any kind of information. While blogs will most likely always have that broadcast media aspect to them, it's important to take notice that the information presented on these blog sites are becoming much more influential. This means updates of current events and keeping people informed.
Blogs have become the go to source for your daily news and updates. While broadcast media is professional and to the point, blogging is raw, uncut, and overall juicy. Bloggers not only report the news to you, they keep it real and put in their personal opinions about the topic at hand, often times allowing you to see the subject in a different light. Broadcast media only reports the issues and information that is sent to them, sometimes leaving out details that you often times will find in a blog. Bloggers dig deep to report things that aren't in the media. It is also more influential because it is more personal and relatable to your everyday person.
Blogging has definitely grown over the years, and has become influential, in some aspects. There are blogs about everything from cooking and fitness to more political themed ones. I have to say that it is becoming a huge part, and plays a role in the way in which people are receiving their information. However, I think it's influence ends to a certain extent, because though I follow blogs, and turn to them for information, I also know that these blogs , much like Wikipedia, can say anything and it may or may not be true. So for information about news and current events I do not rely on them because they are often biased.
Yes because it's reaching more audiences in different geographical areas. The newspapers try to have their own blogs which are semi-successful, but at the end of the day, some of these blogs have a lot more "pull". Since all broadcast media nowadays are completely biased toward whatever political bent they are prone to, and blogs are also, this is a totally moot question.
Blogging has been growing in influence as the number of bloggers increases. This is because of commonality of interests, life circumstance and culture.
Broadcast media can only cater to the largest section of their audience and therefore they have to be fairly general in the information they disseminate so it appeals to the majority and they continue to watch or read their product.
Bloggers are specific and cater to very specific areas of interest. Are you a twenty eight year old male with a passion for zombies and finance? There's a blog for you. A Mom of four on a tight budget with a night job? There is a blog for you. Who are you going to listen to? A talking head who expresses five minute soundbites of general information, or a person who understands your situation and interests?
Blogging can definitely be more influential than broadcast media. Bloggers are more likely to offer unsolicited and more candid views on most subjects, making them easier to trust, as far as opinions go. I believe there is more transparency in blogging than most traditional broadcast media, though there are, of course, exceptions.
Recently, it feels blogging has become nearly as common as breathing. Most people in developed countries now have regular Internet access in some form, even if they use computers at a school or library, rather than owning their own computer or smartphone. Nearly everyone I meet on a daily basis has a blog of some sort, somewhere, and even those blogs that are generally dedicated to a particular topic, like cooking, general politics or GLBTQ rights, for example, usually have some element of personal writing added to them, whether that means personal anecdotes being added to other posts on a regular basis, or occasional posts that are life updates by the blogger. I think that this personal element, getting to know the author on a personal level to some degree, makes it much easier to relate to the writer and see things from their point of view, even if the reader doesn't necessarily agree with the opinions expressed. Broadcast media is often rife with plastic-looking people who seem to be chosen for their appearance, rather than their brains or personalities, which is unfortunate. To my mind, this dehumanizes much of what we are told in broadcast media.
Network news and other broadcast media tend to present current events in a single perspective. Blogs can present the news and current events from any angle, go into much greater depth, and include an interactive comment or forum section. Here, readers can further expand on ideas presented in the blog, ask probing questions, and discuss issues with other readers. Blogs are frequently more up-to-date than broadcast media.
Broadcast media is able to reach people of all age levels, therefore I think it is more influential. Blogging is not subject to any real standards, therefore broadcast media seems to be what most people believe. Bloggers are not always truthful and that scares a lot of people away from the blogging world.
Traditional broadcast media, like radio and television, reaches millions more people than does blogging, every single day. Therefore, it has the reach necessary to be more influential. Most people that are of the age to vote, with either their ballots or their wallets, still get their information from news media, which is still predominantly broadcast.
Blogging has become a viral habit for many people. However, broadcast media still reigns supreme, when it comes to who you trust. Media outlets are held to strict standards, those that bloggers are not subject to. This creates a situation where bloggers can easily not be so truthful, or exaggerate things, in order to draw people to their site.
I feel that a lot of bloggers are responding to other blogs that don't always have the facts on the issues or news. Broadcasters usually have done their homework, or have had someone do it for them and are looking at real facts not just someone else's opinion that was blogging before them. Blogging has really started ruining America and our people. So many people believe everything they read on a blog and most of it isn't true.
Blogging is a useful tool, but not as influential as mass media, the TV and internet are still the major suppliers of what we think and do, or what we're supposed to think and do. Blogging has it's own powers, but not as influential as traditional mass media.
Blogging is very popular and the opinions expressed in different blogs are becoming more and more influential. But, still the broadcast media is the one that has stronger influence in the general public. In part, it is because people are divided among thousands of bloggers while they watch and listen only to a few broadcasters. In addition, also many bloggers are very amateur and the public does not trust completely their opinions.
Things will change in the future, blogs will become more and more professional and more people will access to some specific blogs.
Blogging has not become as influential than broadcast media because it only influences people who avidly use the internet. As a result, that includes (generally) people aged 15-35. The rest of the population, in general, doesn't get influenced much by blogging.
Also, people don't take blogging as correct information so they are less likely to be influence by it. In contrast, broadcast media if often taken as the only right opinion regarding a specific issue. As a result, they are more likely to be influenced by broadcast media.
While blogging is increasing in influence, it has not eclipsed the influence of broadcast media. There are millions of people who never read blogs or who only hear about them through broadcast media outlets. There are few adults in the United States, however, who have no contact with broadcast media. It is premature to say that blogging has more influence than television.
Ronald Reagan once said, "Trust, but verify". Many bloggers do not verify information against multiple sources. They may provide a single snapshot or video footage. However, with modern technology, that may have been doctored or edited or even completely falsified. Blogging has also given everyone a voice, regardless of reliability. Their evidence, even if realistic and real, is often unverified or without further research. A potentially incriminating photo may have a reasonable explanation. Bloggers rarely do this or are unable to do this. That makes their information less reliable.