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Everyone is blogging these days (Photo: Flickr; Creative Commons - Viki's Pics)

Everyone is blogging these days (Photo: Flickr: Creative Commons - Viki's Pics)

Well, it’s official.  The power and importance of blogging has finally been acknowledged by the mainstream media.  At least, that’s the conclusion I have drawn from this week’s Sunday Times feature on the top 100 blogs.  Alas, mine has failed to make into the article (I won’t take that personally) but despite this oversight the feature does make for interesting reading, partly because of some of the sites it recommends.  Of course, the obligatory celebrity blogs do appear, with the likes of Lily Allen and Paris Hilton winning predictable places on the list.  But there are other, more valuable gems, recommended by the paper. The chine.blog.lemonde.fr photoblog provides a fascinating glimpse into everyday life in China and the Agence Vu site also offers netsurfers a visual feast of fantastic photography. 

 What is most interesting, however, is the explicit way in which the article promotes blogging as a valuable form of communication whilst also implicitly re-affirming the importance of traditional journalism.

What do I mean (I hear you cry)?  Well, you wouldn’t find a blogger trying to do what the writer, Brian Appleyard, has done in the Sunday Times article.  You would never find a two thousand word article espousing the appeal of blogging followed by an enormously detailed and illustrated list of websites online because blogging doesn’t lend itself to such lengthy musings.  Blogging is, as Appleyard notes, the “spontaneous expression of instant thought”.  The article, by its very existence, demonstrates that there is still both purpose to and room for  long-form journalism, whether it is in a paper or on a news website, which has lost none of its value despite the rise of the blog.

 

On another note,  the Sunday Times also carried a very interesting article on the Asian investments of Robert and Grace Mugabe, which was one of the better examples of newspaper investigative journalism I have read this year.  This is  partly because of the energy and detail with which the topic had been researched, but also because it demonstrated that journalists these days aren’t afraid to get into a scrap or two in pursuit of a bloody good story.

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