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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Blogosphere as the FIfth Estate

The press evolved as the fourth estate, because there was a need to monitor the first three estates established in government, despite the built in checks and balances.

As time went on there became a growing need to monitor the fourth estate, and I believe that need is being partially served by the blogosphere - the new fifth estate.

An interesting observation is that although the blogosphere has done an admirable drop criticizing the fourth estate, they are not very comfortable being criticized themselves. Although criticism is not usually delivered in the best possible way and often is snarky, try to listen - in the same way you hope the fourth estate is listening to you.