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Heavy grading, light blogging

I’m up to my neck in end-of-semester grading, and I’m coming down with a cold. So don’t look for much fresh content this week.

I do want to call your attention to a conference held at Southern New Hampshire University last week on blogging the New Hampshire primary. We ended up talking about everything but that, but that’s OK. The New England News Forum, which sponsored the discussion, has an account here. Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie writes it up here.

Also, Robert Weisman of the Boston Globe reports that Google’s Street View will arrive in Boston today at 10 a.m. I’m figuring there’s a pretty good chance I’ll be captured coming out of the Northeastern Au Bon Pain with a medium regular.

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  1. Larz

    Students never pick up on the point that the end-of-semester pain applies to faculty as well. Hope you dodge the cold, Dan.

  2. Peter Porcupine

    Well. it’s always nice to be compared to “a teen-ager with a sharp weapon in their hand”, although there WAS a qualifier – “sometimes”.The panelists didn’t get it, by and large. They fret about accountability and lies – good GRAVY, have they never heard of William Randolph Hearst? Newspapers and other MSM outlets carry bias in their DNA (Chris Wallace said this week that he thought liberal bias was a myth until he went to work for Fox, and was amazed at how former collegues and interviews declined to associate with him anymore). The only difference is that getting a paper to print a retraction or correction is like pulling teeth, where a blogger who made a mistake will immediately be called to task by other commenters. (Case in point – on another post on your blog, asking why Romney didn’t repudiate the LDS Church over race in 1978, I had said he was a college student, and who would take down such a pronouncment? Immediately, somebody pointed out he was actually 31 in 1978. I don’t know who would have attended the press conference of a 31 year old obscure executive either, but the correction was made – how long would a newspaper have taken?)This is like the movies vs.television arguments of my youth. Both mediums will survive, although the more established one may go through a gray period. Newspapers need to adapt and stop looking down their noses at bloggers, and realize that lying bloggers aren’t really more common than lying reporters (Cooke, Blair, et al). Lying reporters are just less likely to get caught.

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