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23 May 2006 @ 08:03 am
Symbiotic relationship  
So yesterday, we got a press release at the paper from OpenLine. As OpenLine is the section in our paper that allows peope to call in and leave a 30-second message (which gets transcribed), I was a little curious. I went and checked, and immediately discovered two things.

A) OpenlineBlog focuses entirely on events in Aurora and invariably refers to the paper as "The local fishwrap." They also seem to have a hate-on for most of the city government.

B) 90% of the local news that OpenlineBlog reports relies on reposting from said paper.

It's something I've noticed in online political blogs. Oftentimes, they'll bitch about the (corporate/liberal) media and how biased it is, but the number of stories that blogs can actually break is relatively small. Blogs are very good at getting little-known stories wider circulation, and at correlating facts on the internet, but not usually at breaking news. How often is the President going to agree to a press conference with "the guys from FreeRepublic, RedState, LittleGreenFootballs, DemocraticUnderground and Atrios" vs. "the guys from MSNBC, CBS, ABC and Fox"? Not very often, and that's the problem.

It is fun to be able to rant, though. You can't do that in a newspaper article.
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