Weblogs and the Mass Amateurization of Publishing
A Weblog is where people are free to write or in other words, typed down their thoughts. When it comes to blogging, it is often a mixture of what’s going on in a person’s life and what is happening on the Web. It is like a diary. An alternative diary where people don’t quite have to care what other people think when reading the blog. re Some may criticize it, but all the bloggers have to do is just ignore it for the comments they receive are also their own thoughts and their own point of view.
A Weblog is not only a diary that one can use to pour their hearts out. It is also where anyone is free to typed down on what they think about issues, trends. Especially issues that are “hot” on the news. Weblog nowadays is one of the most important media used, especially for those that loves to write.
“We want a world where global publishing is effortless. We want a world where you don’t have to ask for help or permission to write out loud.” – Clay Shirky (2002)
Through Weblog, anyone is free to typed down what they want without anyone’s consent. Yes, this is where mass amateurization takes place. It takes place because of the amount of freedom one can have by Weblog.
As you all know, the traditional media concept is seen as one-to-many. Meaning, one company caters to a mass audience. As for Weblogs, it is seen as many-to-many. That can sometime contains opinions, thoughts and maybe different kind of news that is completely different from what we read in the newspapers. In a publishing company, professionals are assigned to report or write about this specific news or article. Which only makes us see things only from one view and different angle. Weblogs, is a total opposite for it contains different kind of news and sometimes the truth. Some news that comes from the Publishing company aren’t always true. Sometimes they sugar-coated their words and only write down what their editor want or only to what the readers should only know about and nothing more than that. Sometimes through Weblog, one can see clearer because they read from many different angles and opinions.
There are many things on what one can do through Weblog, it all depends on the individual. True there are pros and cons on this. The cons is that maybe sometimes what is written in the Weblog might not always be true, but then same goes to newspapers and news cable. Nothing is certain. Some truths can never be certain.
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