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Don't hate the media, blog the media

the jolly blogger | 27.09.2005 00:59 | Culture | Indymedia | Technology | London | World

Over the space of a few years the culture of blogging has spread rapidly to such a degree that the new media form appears to enjoy a readership to compete with the traditional media forms such as the daily paper...

When David Mery decided to publicise his experiences as a suspected terrorist in the hands of the Metropolitan Police he approached an old friend at the Guardian. Twelve years earlier he'd had a story printed in the computer section of the paper so this was the first mainstream news organisation he thought to try. He passed on his detailed notes of the whole incident and last week it found it's way in 'column 5' on the front page.

Of course The Guardian doesn't exactly have a massive readership and with no other UK papers picking up on the story it could have sank quickly from sight if it hadn't been for the geek grape vine commonly known as the blogsphere.

Bloggers picked up on the story, adding their own slant and their readers adding their own comments and experiences. The story spread quickly around the world triggering storys in Der Spiegel (the popular german left wing weekly magazine), The Register, The Inquirer and other online news services but mostly propogating blog to blog.

It has taken less than a week for this little story to explod around world thanks to the internet. At the time of writting, a google search for "David Mery" and "police" brings up about 900 hits (all of which appear to refer to the story)

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  1. Bob Blog — mph
  2. re: The Spiegel — German Exile
  3. The new media — blogger
  4. Indymedia + blogs — "bloggit and scarper"
  5. The first review on the internet of 'Mosque' as shown on ITV 1 Sunday 2 October — The FIRST REVIEW of Factuals
  6. feel free to lobby bloggers — dexer