DIGC 202: Weblog
In the year 2012, most of us do own a blog or even frequently accessing to weblogs for information. Reading or having a blog is no longer something fresh in our society today because most of users today use blog for many purposes. For an example, entertainment purposes and information purposes. However, why does weblog today has nearly overcome our mainstream media such as printed newspaper?
Today, many of us prefer access to weblogs for news update or any information. As a result, the usage of newspaper is drifting away from the consumers. According to Shirky (2002), weblogs are a platform for the unlimited reproduction and distribution of the written word, for a low and fixed cost but most importantly weblogs allow the user to have the permission to write out loud. In addition, he also mentioned that print publishing acts as filter but weblogs do not. I’m agree with Shirky because I believes that the most important advantage from weblogs is they do not have any filter or few gatekeepers to control the content. Besides that, there are many free lance journalist having their own blog and constant updating their blogs for the follow ups. With too much flow of the information and journalist in this world, the demand of information will become less and therefore people are expectation these publications should be free.
Everyone knew they can access the same information of a print media from a weblog, and the addition of more information of details about the topic due to the censorship or the filter that has been done by the publishers. As a result, people will prefer to read something raw or the “truth” where weblogs can be provided. However, the only concern is that government has no control over the content that written in a blog because there are too many of them. The downside of this freedom of writing can also causes havoc because there might not be anyone to approve the statement which is true or false. People can write anything on the net but how sure are we that everything is true? Print publishing might go through a lot of filters but they are responsible for the consequences but if a journalist write something untrue on the net, will he bare with consequences? This issues has been a concern to the government but of course this is a very debatable topic. Often we heard people talking abut freedom of speech and freedom of writing on the net and according to Dr Mahathir once mention that we have the rights to write anything on the net but will this come with a consequences?
People might have the permission to write it out loud but how many of them can bare with the consequences? If we were to browse back the past cases that happened on Raja Petra and Nathaniel Tan, both of these bloggers mentioned some political issues in their blog and they were sent for ISA Detention. But why does it concern the government so much? The only reason why these two bloggers were targeted because the government understands how influential are them and their number of readers are abundance. Many people understand the shifting of printing newspaper to weblogs, therefore there are newspaper starting their online newspapers and ever politician uses weblog as their communication devices to reach out an mass audience because it is a cheap and efficient when comes to reproduction.
Shirky, C 2002, Weblogs and the Mass Amateurization of Publishing, Economics & Culture, Media & Community, Open Source, accessed 27/9/2012, http://shirky.com/writings/weblogs_publishing.html