the online 5th estate

Bloggers may seem like a secondary vehicle in the U.S., but in some parts of the world it can take on even greater importance.06blogger01-190  In Malaysia, the ex-prime minister who developed strict press controls now blogs and succeeds in circumventing them, providing a window of transparency and nudge toward greater openness.  The implication of the Internet/Starr case study is that the internet has harmed professional journalism, but in more closed societies it has done much the opposite.

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