Were Woodward and Bernstein the First Bloggers? – OK, no. But they did one very blog-like thing … By Mickey Kaus Kaus contends that “Woodstein” published information as they received it and were often in error–very like a blogger. He praises Ben Bradlee for allowing this. I would agree. But I am more interested in what the rough-and-tumble world of blogging says about the creation of social truth. Do thousands of bloggers find the Truth by sifting through data and hashing it out among ourselves? Or do we begin to create something like truth in a public environment of free exchange? I think blogging demonstrates there is a blurred line between the objective (or transcendent) and the socially constructed.
The Rhetorica Network
I offer commentary on the rhetoric of the American conversation, especially as it unfolds in documentary film, the news media, and politics. Check out my feeds on Twitter and Instagram. Also be sure to see my work at Carbon Trace Productions, a non-profit documentary film studio in Springfield, Missouri. I am a Professor of Media & Journalism at Missouri State University. I teach classes in mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking.
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