For decades and even centuries, journalism has been manifested in different forms. Through time, as technology evolves, various mediums for journalism have emerged – from print, radio, television and now the emergence of blogs.
As Wikipedia defines, Journalism is the profession of writing or communicating, formally employed by publications and broadcasters for the benefit of a particular community of people – has been the primary source of information for the society for so long. And today, it is now considerably evident that the most traditional form is encountering one big problem today.
According to many experts, the print medium of newspaper is slowly fading. This has brought to many assumption that new media, specifically blogs, plays a major role in its decline. Today, almost everyone prefers to go online to search for information they need resulting to series of debates whether blogs can replace print media i its role in society. But the question still remains—how much do blogs influence the sociological and ethical aspects of journalism? Has it really reached its peak? Let’s try to dig deeper into these and dissect some of the pros and cons of weblogs. But first, what is a weblog?
Bloggers: Identity Issues
Basically, a blog is an online journal, where anyone with a basic knowledge of computers can post anything—this includes random blurbs, photos, research, and any composition a person wants to post to his or her site.
There is really nothing wrong with this new medium since a blogger can always say he or she has the right to express his or her feelings and experiences. The problem is many bloggers today abuse this freedom. And even worse, anyone can write anything they want without checking their facts. They become too careless to the point they can mislead their readers with their writings.
Another problem is that some people make multiple or dummy accounts and use it as a “propaganda”. And when you’re too careless putting everything on your site, people can easily hack your account resulting to identity theft. This is why I strongly suggest to be keen on the information you put online.
The ethical standards violated mostly by some blogs are plagiarism, libel, vulgarity, use of profane words, violating the privacy of others, and other false claims among others. The sociological influence of blogs to print media is that it serves as a form of recreation, a means of making profit and aids in making everyday activities like– reading and publishing easier, cost-effective and more convenient. People greatly rely on blogs nowadays
Blogging and print media are really different from each other. The only similarity that they have is both can deliver news and information to the people. Because print media is written down and blogs are over the internet, blogs became more personal compared to print media. Blogs only give ideas of the bloggers while the newspapers report the news itself.
The reasons why blogs are more preferred than traditional media is because of the rapid growing of mainstream media are beginning to embrace interactive media and features like blogs and because of free advertising, feedbacks, free services in the internet, more accessible, it’s the new craze, direct interaction, and instant information.