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Has the term ‘blogger’ really been rendered meaningless?

Hey guys, I came across an article by Scott Rosenberg the other day, debating Jay Rosen‘s suggestion that the term ‘blogger’ has become such a broad term that it will eventually render the term meaningless. More specifically, Rosen suggests that by referring to both journalists who blog and bloggers who aren’t the professional kind, the term will become too broad to be used.

However, Rosenberg rightly points out that the term ‘journalist’ has never faded away even though there are two ways of understanding the term: as a profession, and as a description of an activity. Thus, he maintains that the term blogger is unlikely to expire any time soon. What do you think?

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  1. Shamina
    October 19, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Jen,

    I find it interesting that Rosen feels that “blogger” is a term that will become too broad to be used. I feel that while there are different kinds of blogging going on nowadays, at least it’s a good way of distinguishing between the more opinionated online writing of citizens, journalists etc. and mere professional journalism.

    Shamina

    • jensblog22
      October 19, 2009 at 9:31 pm

      I agree, I think that the term continues to be relevant and can be, as you say, a way of distinguishing between the online writing of professional journalists and the ordinary citizen.

      However, now that I think more about it, I realize that some professional journalists also identify themselves as ‘bloggers’. And so now I can begin to see what Rosen means when he says that the term has become broad. Though, as I originally say in the post, even though a term might become broader, I don’t think that it can simply disappear. The term remains a relevant one when referring to those who write in a particular manner online.

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