From Walt Whitman to Spike Lee, artists and the creatively inspired have come from, stayed in, and written about Brooklyn. The fact that blogging is the latest form of mass-communicated information makes blogging something which would be intriguing. Needless to say blogging has become and remains an indigenously Brooklyn exercise more so than other parts of the world.
At the recent Cobble Hill Association meeting at Long Island College Hospital there was a lively and interesting panel of four local bloggers; each in different realms of communication and each with something similar to say on the subject of blogger as Truth.
As reported in Brooklyn Eagle (1) the panel discussion, “moderated by Jeff Strabone, president of the Cobble Hill Association (included)…Katia Kelly of ‘Pardon Me for Asking,’ Rich Calder form the New York Post, John Loscalzo (aka Homer Fink) from Brooklyn Heights Blog and Tobey Grumet of Bococaland.”
Because of the ease of creating a blog, there was a restrained tenor towards taking every single thing you read online as the way things truly are.
“I am not a journalist,” said Grumet. Mixing any blog with the truth without double checking the facts is “damaging journalism.”
“Just because you’re published doesn’t make you a journalist,” agreed Loscalzo.
The burden of seeking out validation lies as much with the reader as with the blogger.
The issue of credibility remains at the forefront for blogs, reminds Calder, as it always has. Everyone seemed to agree, if you’re not telling the truth, your readers are going to find out and they’re going to stop reading.