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  • I wonder what would happen if there was a blog editor - someone who compiled interesting blog entries. Or similar.

    I guess you'd end up with Slashdot or other such sites. =)
      ---ict / Spoon
    • ISTR reading a short piece in Wired, back in the 1.0* days when it was almost good. Under the title It's the context, stupid the author discussed just that idea, positing that there would be people who wouldn't produce new content but would instead provide a context, or a point of view, gathering 'the best' (in their view).

      And that's already happened. Slashdot's frontpage does just that, so does use.perl, so do the people who 'build' the frontpage at Perlmonks. And we value those people for it.

      I'm not sur
      • Re:Editors (Score:2, Insightful)

        [Warning: I got my degree in journalism, and I never took a class in computers in my life. If I am known to ramble about programming issues, which I never studied formally ... look out below!]

        No, it doesn't make them journalists. It makes them editors. Traditionally, editors all started out for many years as journalists. This is no longer the case. :-)

        As far as U.S. law is concerned, any publication falls under the "press," and entitled to First Amendment protections. But we don't look to U.S. law to
        • by darobin (1316) on 2002.04.17 12:29 (#7178) Homepage Journal

          I would tend to agree with your definition. A perhaps more succinct one that I've often seen used here in France (admittedly in journalism, history, and politics courses or from people that follow them) defines journalism as the building of an event (la construction d'un évènement).

          The idea here is that raw data is unusable (there was fighting at the Church of Nativity, meanwhile my grandfather was snoring deeply and a beautiful cloud drifted accross the sky -- I'm overdoing it, but you get the idea), and that the construction of an event is something that can happen in a (possibly unlimited) number of ways. It's not just filtering, it's not just context, it's not just research and for the same basic facts many will choose to construct different events.

          Of course, the more you dig into that definition, the fuzzier it gets. Some people will construct events in such a way that you will feel that it isn't journalism. Hmmm, I guess I'd better stop here before I start going through Frost's or Stevens' definitions of poetry and drifting on to silly statements like journalism is poetry in motion ;)


          -- Robin Berjon []