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Comments for Dan Gillmor – Bloggers and Disclosure

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Apparently you have to be “logged in” in order to share your views with Dan Gillmor. Sorry, while I accept that’s your policy, I don’t have time.

Instead, here is what I wanted to say about Dan’s commentary on the NYT article.

Most bloggers do not consider themselves to be journalists. I for one, consider myself as a commentator on a particular industry, not a journalist. If Wal-Mart or any other company wants to treat me like a journalist, I’m fine with that. Just don’t expect me to be predictable. Sometimes, it’s just easier to cut and paste what I have been sent, especially if it’s close to what I would have written anyway.

It’s time to realize that blogging can only continue to grow, if we accept that there are no rules to the game. The moment you take away the casual conversation style of a blogger, we become nothing more than mainstream media.

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