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Pseudo Truth
Monday, May 01, 2006
Subtitle: When 'Blogs Reference 'Blogs Blogging was given credibility when several individuals analyzed forged documents used by some to perpetrate fraud against President Bush. Not long after there was a blog explosion, and Blogger, Wordpress, Ebloggy and many other sites saw a dramatic increase in 'blogs of all type. Many predicted the extinction of traditional journalism, but many journalists (John Leo amongst them) indicated that there were reasons this wouldn't be so. One that I recognize is the "alternate" realities that 'blogs are creating. Many 'bloggers, in an attempt to bibliograph and offer credibility to their stories are referencing other 'blogs as sources. This in and of itself may not be wrong, but when one begins to use other 'blogs as hard evidence to support assertions it creates one huge psuedo truth that seems to circulate within 'blogdom (it almost has the qualities of mass hypnosis, where one lie is promoted and it is promoted quickly along electronic lines establishing it in many minds as "truth"). Of course this is not the main reason for concern so much that many seem to rely on 'blogs of one form or another for their primary source of news. I visit one site frequently that basically repeats what other 'blogs are saying--even referencing the blog articles. 'Blogging is a wonderful thing and it has given people wonderful opportunities, but placing blind faith in what they say and what they promote may put you in a universe far different than the real one.
posted by Jack Mercer @ 5/01/2006 03:27:00 AM  
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"Snipet" (pronounced: snipe - it) is not a word.It is a derivative of two words: "Snipe" and "Snippet".

Miriam Webster defines Snipe as: to aim a carping or snide attack, or: to shoot at exposed individuals (as of an enemy's forces) from a usually concealed point of vantage.

Miriam Webster defines Snippet as: : a small part, piece, or thing; especially : a brief quotable passage.

In short, "Snipets" are brief, snide shots at exposed situations from a concealed vantage point.

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