Wednesday, July 06, 2005

English Language Blogs Have Narrow World View

B.L. Ochman on Rebecca MacKinnon and more...

English language media, and particularly American bloggers are xenophobic, says former CNN bureau chief turned blogger Rebecca MacKinnon. If they even cover world events, she says, they cover them very simplistically and only link to what mainstream media covers in rest of the world. Because of their narrow view, they miss a lot of stories and trends. "There are huge blogging communities developing around the work telling you stuff that you'd never get from mainstream media," she says.

In 2004, MacKinnon left a six-figure job at CNN, where she was Tokyo Bureau Chief and correspondent, to do a fellowship at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. It is an absolutely worthwhile tradeoff, she says emphatically. She wanted to experiment with ways a journalist could use blogs to go beyond traditional reporting. "I feel that I am in the middle of new media innovation, working with people on the cutting edge of where media is going in the future," MacKinnon says.

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