Blogging News Stories as They Happen

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Blogging news stories as they unfold is one of the most exciting and controversial applications of technology
that bloggers have discovered. One thing that makes the biosphere so active is the fact that it is possible to
update a blog instantaneously, so the news on blogs tends to be more current than the news in the paper, or
on television. Unlike news delivered by these other media, news that appears on blogs does not have to
travel through a series of editors and administrators before it reaches the public eye. This has some
advantages, and some distinct disadvantages.

One of the most notable cases of news hitting a blog before appearing in other media took place in July 2005
when terrorism struck London. As passengers were evacuated from a subway car near an explosion, one
man took several photographs of the scene with his cellular phone, and within an hour these images were
posted online. First-person accounts of the catastrophe began appearing on blogs soon after these photos
appeared, and people all over the world learned about the events in London by reading the words and seeing the photos posted by bloggers.

The fact that these stories and images were being spread directly by individuals operating without the added
filter of a reporter helped to make the crisis feel very immediate to people across the globe. When it comes to blogging, news often appears in a very personal context.This has the potential to be the beginning of an exciting new era of reporting, one that takes "New Journalism" to it's logical next step by putting the power to shape how the news is written and read directly into the hands of the public.

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Blogging Teens

Every day, blogs are created by people of all ages and from all walks of life, but when it comes to blogging,
teen writers are truly on the cutting edge of the movement. Because today's teenagers are the first
generation of people to have grown up using the internet at every stage of their development, many
adolescents have a seemingly innate sense of how to use web technology to express their innermost thoughts and ideas. Older writers often experience a kind of learning curve when they begin to blog, but many young people find that using a word processor and blogging software feels more natural and direct a mode of communication than writing in a diary ever could.

One of the reasons why blogs have undergone a kind of explosion in the teen community and are growing by
leaps and bounds is the fact that they provide a unique mixture of visibility and anonymity. A teenager can
invite friends and peers to read his or her blog with a simple email, thereby winning attention or possibly
even praise. Of course, with visibility usually comes the possibility of embarrassment, but the fact that it is
possible to blog anonymously with an invented handle or nickname negates a lot of the potential for
humiliation. Many a blogging teen lives in fear that a parent or guardian will discover his or her blog, but by
publishing under an alias a teenager can spill his or her secrets without fear of being traced.

Outside the world of blogging, teen writers often have very limited opportunities to be published. Magazines
and journals are often reticent to publish young writers who may not have as much credibility as older writers
with a lot of experience and extensive credits to their names. This can discourage adolescents from writing or
from seeking chances to publish their work. By blogging, young people can begin to gain a following of
readers without first having to win the attention and support of an editor or publisher who may not be very
interested in teenaged authors.

Between the fact that blogs provide young people with a chance to exercise their impressive technical aptitude, to gain visibility without compromising privacy, and to build a readership for their writing without having to jump through the traditional hoops of the publishing industry, it is little wonder that are so many teenagers with blogs. For some teenagers, blogging is even a very social endeavor that allows them to meet people with similar interests from all over the world. Many a blogging teen has discovered that having a weblog on the internet is a great way to explore self-expression and, often, to win positive feedback from new friends.


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