Some journalists get it. More are starting to. Here’s a thoughtful essay by one of them. (And he’s a blogger, though he fails to link to his blog.)
It is this power and influence that drives mainstream journalists to look at new media types, especially bloggers, and describe them pejoratively as the “vanity press,” “self-important,” or worse. The question, of course, is if bloggers derive their sense of importance from themselves, then from whom does the mainstream press derive theirs? You see, there exists within journalism today a belief that this power and influence of theirs is a right, a guarantee given to them by some higher authority, and therein lies the rub.
The themes of the essay are second-nature to bloggers, but it’s still nice to see the ideas spread.