Yes : blogs serve the public in ways conventional media do not
Blogs give citizens a platform / Richard A. Posner
Blogs keep watch over the mainstream media / Daniel W. Drezner and Henry Farrell
Blogs provide firsthand information about the war in Iraq / Nikki Schwab
No : blogs offer nothing important to the public at large
Amateur journalists' blogs spread misinformation / Andrew Keen
Most blogs reach only small, specialized audiences / Nicholas Lemann
Blogging results in instant obsolescence / Trevor Butterworth
Ch. 2 Do blogs have significant impact on American politics?
Yes : blogs have become indispensable to political campaigns
Blogging is a major development in the future of politics / Biz Stone
Blogs are a critical part of political commentary / Carla Marinucci
The future will not be unblogged / David D. Perlmutter
No : blogs do not affect the outcome of elections
Blogs lack the depth of print journalism / George Packer
Specific blogs reach only small segments of the population / Byron York
Ch. 3 How are blogs affecting American culture?
Overview : the impact of blogging / Robbie Allen
Blogging significantly influences mainstream journalism / Rebecca MacKinnon
Blogging has replaced the common culture with subcultures / Terry Teachout
Blogs provide responses to community issues / Craig Colgan
Blogs can impact grassroots politics / Lakshmi Chaudhry
Amateur detectives use blogs to investigate crime / Laura Bauer
Ch. 4 What ethical and legal issues are raised by blogs?
Sexual threats stifle some female bloggers / Ellen Nakashima
Blogging may lead to a change in libel laws / Laura Parker
Free speech in blogs may be restricted by employers / Jonathan A. Segal
Students have the right to blog / Electronic Frontier Foundation
Blogs can be used as evidence in court cases / Chris W. McCarty
There should be rules when bloggers are paid for endorsements / J.D. Lasica
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