Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Jan Buterman writes:

The blogosphere is thick with pixels either lamenting or celebrating the death of traditional news media. Among the lamentations are notions of the loss of journalism as a defender of democracy, the watchdog over government and industry, the last bastion of truth against the hordes of hopelessly biased opinion. Those celebrating trumpet the wonders of aggregated news feeds and a new age of democratic information creation and access by the common people, for the common people.

Unfortunately, I haven’t yet found the common people blogging the news in the places I haunt: rural towns, villages and hamlets north of the city of Edmonton. How can these communities overcome pressures that threaten to take away their voices, their identity, and possibly their very existence?

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