One reason I did not so readily blog after leaving the NST was the uncertainty of finding time and also of disciplining myself to do it.
It was as simple as that.
I was not debating about my role as a blogger in relation to the nation, or national politics. At least, not yet.
Of course, now I can see some evolution and, a hint of revolution, emerging in blogosphere.
Bloggers and their role in Malaysia are certainly making an impact here and beyond, following the defamaton suit against Rocky and Jeff Ooi by the NSTP and its top executives.
I wonder whether it won't be long before we start debating issues such as recognising bloggers as bona fide media or whether this new media is good for democracy.
Here is something about bloggers in the US being included as bona fide members of press to cover a court case.
It is a commentary titled: "Bloggers' Big News Needs Scaling Down", followed by a sub-head that goes "What's new about blogs covering trials is also old. What's daring is often dicey".
By James McGrath Morris
As they come, this judicial first wasn't exactly front-page news -- that is, if you are still in the habit of reading a quaint, old-fashioned newspaper. But in cyberspace the decision of the U.S. District Court to include bloggers as bona fide members of the press pool during the recent "Scooter" Libby trial was big news. For the first time ever in a federal court case, bloggers were officially welcomed as equals with newspaper and broadcast reporters, albeit in a little room down the hall from the actual trial in Courtroom 16.
It took the Media Bloggers Association two years of negotiations with court officials to win the right to join the media frenzy. Kim Pearson, a professor at the College of New Jersey, was among the vanguard who took a turn in the press pool. According to Pearson, Judge Reggie Walton's decision to allow bloggers to participate in the trial opened "a new chapter in the debate over the legitimacy of bloggers as gatherers and disseminators of news."
True. But it may not be a debate favorable to blogging. The admission of bloggers into a press pool serves as a timely moment to examine the Achilles' heel of this newfangled form of journalism. Despite all its claims of whiz-bang newness and democracy-promoting attributes, blogging may turn out to be nothing more than a fresh version of an old journalistic gimmick. More important, it may not necessarily be such a wonderful thing for democracy.
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