New Media Has Become The New Mainstream

By Jeff Ryan

The Daily Dish, Andrew Sullivan’s blog, turned 10 years old this week.

Sullivan, editor of “The New Republic 1990-1996, weekly contributor to New York Times Sunday Magazine, Sunday London Times and Atlantic Monthly has a million unique visits to his blog every month. The Daily Dish is among the top 15 blogs on the web.

During the Green revolution in Iran his blog was the #1 visited site in Iran. Why, because he saw “something is going on in Iran” before others saw the train roaring down the tracks. Iranian bloggers reached out to Sullivan sending emails, phone videos and pictures of events as they unfolded.

The Iran Islamic Revolution government was busy trying to shut down the blogs in Iran so Sullivan’s Daily Dish quickly became mission control for news in Iran.

Howard Kurtz, arguably one of the most influential journalists today left The Washington post to become Editor of The Daily Beast. Howard Fineman of Newsweek and Peter Goodman of the New York Times left their posts to join The Huffington Post.

The exodus of mainstream journalists from paper and ink to the web and blogeshere…. is very telling…

The immediacy of the web and the ability for the audience to interact in real time is changing the very nature of what journalists can contribute as pointed out by Sullivan and his Green revolution reporting. Sullivan not only reported the story but facilitated a political movement by the presence of his blog. The Daily Dish became a community, something paper and ink could never accomplish.

The bar is being raised for the blogosphere and it’s about time.

Yes there is a place for serious journalism in America to survive and thrive. The new mainstream is online and no longer one way reporting. It is a conversation.

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