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The Force of Fifth Estate Blogs and Blawgs

Blogging has become the leading edge of the Fifth Estate. The first three belong to the government branches, legislative, legal and executive. The print, radio and television media lay claim to the Fourth Estate, and perhaps rightly so.

The Fifth Estate, however, is the root of the first four, and largely populous. It is us - you and me, and perhaps as large as the internet itself. Some would say the internet is the Fifth Estate, with instant messaging, e-mail, VIOP, video e-mail, webcasting and the like powering it. It is the most basic form of communication - person to person - on an extremely large scale.

Unlike the Fourth Estate, it is not filtered or edited for the masses. It is the masses.

So, how does blogging lay claim to the Fifth Estate? Well, as part of the whole. Take a look at Time magazine, and its recent article, Meet Joe Blog. Even the Fourth Estate has had to join in - now we have ones from the Gray Lady and Washington Monthly. The import is clear.

Blogs and even the most popular blawgs, of which this site is one, thank you very much, are a force.

Now, will they have the staying power of the Fourth Estate? Time will tell.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Sunday, June 27, 2004 at 11:59 Comments Closed (2) |
 
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