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I'd like to direct you to an omnibus post by ankh_f_n_khonsu.

In it he addresses an issue that bubbles below the surface of my consciousness and occasionaly breaks the surface with a burp like my recent (for me) poll: You Keep An On-Line Journal -- Does that Make You a Journalist?



Acdording to Apple Computer and most of the folks who took my poll, the answer is no. According to the Bush administration, right-wing bloggers who pitch soft-ball questions to the POTUS count as journalists until they become an embarrassment. (I imagine that the Patriot Act defines bloggers critical of the Bush administration's policies as terrorists.) We'll see how the courts come down on that issue.

Link: http://www.livejournal.com/users/ankh_f_n_khonsu/90152.html

Excerpt:
Okay folks, here's why this Apple suit is f[ra]king scary: There is a current attempt to redefine who can and who can not be a "journalist". In other words, "journalists" who work for orthodox agencies are real journalists, protected by the first ammendment. Bloggers and watchful citizens may not be protected, because they are not "journalists". If that doesn't disturb you, you're a f[ra]king idiot.


I hope ankh_f_n_khonsu will forgive my Battlestar Galactica-inspired edits.

If you didn't complete the poll when I first posted it, would you be kind enough to do so now?

Poll: http://www.livejournal.com/poll/?id=427302

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ankh_f_n_khonsu
Mar. 14th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
Some strange responses in there... Especially about print being the "real deal". That's an amazing opinion, considering the circumstances, and one that I can't rationalize beyond naivite.

Also, I think it greatly depends on how people use their LJ. Many people just stick with random personal issues ("I walked my dog today."). Others occasionally post involved entries ("Here's how I feel about _____."). And yet others use LJ as a private soap box.

The depressingly low amount of respondents who considered themselves "writers" also surprised me. People have such strange concepts of specialization.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
- Robert Heinlein

In an average day I'm an author, a babysitter, a critic, a slacker, a hippy, a lover, a negotiator, a poet, a heathen, a vegetable, a groupie, an enthusiast, a weight lifter, a pirate, and above all, a God.

Cool survey! :)

Namaste.
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