Patterico's Pontifications

5/25/2004

Bloggers Affecting Media Coverage?

Filed under: Blogging Matters,Dog Trainer,Media Bias — Patterico @ 8:29 pm

Mark Glaser has a column up at the USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review, titled To Their Surprise, Bloggers Are Force for Change in Big Media.

Among others, the piece mentions an obscure blogger named Patterico, who gave the Los Angeles Times a tip about Justice Ginsburg that resulted in a front-page story.

(Teaser: if you read the whole thing, you just might learn the secret identity of the mysterious Patterico.)

All in all, I think it’s a pretty good piece about how the blogosphere is beginning to have an effect on Big Media.

P.S. Glaser is entirely correct that I contacted the Times simply as an interested reader and not as a “blogger.” While it’s nice to know that blogging provides a platform for disseminating a story that Big Media might choose to ignore, in my case the Times was (in my view) simply following up on a tip from a reader. In that sense, the “blogging” angle of my situation is arguably less relevant than that of the other examples provided by Glaser. I don’t think this undermines the fundamental premise of Glaser’s piece, but I thought that it was worth noting, in fairness to the folks at the Times.

Michael Moore, Scumbag: Chapter 63

Filed under: Scum — Patterico @ 5:32 pm

In this article, titled Michael Moore and Me, Fred Barnes makes an accusation that is starting to sound familiar: Michael Moore blatantly lied about something.

I called Michael Moore to ask him whether Barnes’s accusation was true. He said: “Well, I . . . uh . . . you know . . . uh . . . okay, fine, you got me — Barnes is right. I lied. Happy now?”

(Note: may be satire. Click on link for more detail.)

Who Is Patterico?

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 6:28 am

I am thinking of shedding my pseudo-anonymity. I haven’t ever been particularly careful about masking my identity anyway, and there’s already a Google connection between my real name and the blog. (I actually received a call at home from the editor of the Daily Journal asking me about a blog post, which strongly reinforced the “pseudo” aspect of the pseudo-anonymity.) Several people at work have learned about the blog, so the cat’s kind of out of the bag there as well.

This way, the Jeff Jarvises of the world won’t be able to accuse me of being a coward for hiding my name.

Anyway, I have already taken a step towards disclosure. More on that tomorrow. [UPDATE: Or later today, as it turns out.]

If I do this, I’ll still use the “Patterico” pseudonym — like the guys at Power Line, whose names are freely available but who continue to write under their pseudonyms. I happen to like the name Patterico, and I think I’ll keep it.

If you have any thoughts, let me know in the comments.

P.S. I don’t mean to suggest that I think the Jeff Jarvises are right to criticize those who use a pseudonym. Mostly, I am just getting tired of explaining why I am keeping my name secret, when I don’t even really know the answer to that question myself.

And it makes a big difference that people at work have found out about the blog. (I had mentioned it to a friend and I guess I didn’t sufficiently caution him to keep it quiet.) I had previously worried that, if people at work learned about it, I might somehow get pressure to shut it down. (I had no particular reason to think that, but it has happened to other bloggers.) But, to the contrary, the few people from work who have read it have said nice things, and it hasn’t been a big deal.


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