The rise of Weblogs creates a mass amateurization in the publishing field. With Weblogs, any ordinary person could share opinion about an issue or to even report about the most recent thing that is going on and this is where the mass amateurization takes place. What seems to be a profession – print publishing is now done by ordinary people.
The traditional media’s concept is seen as one-to-many, where one publishing company, caters to a mass audience. But the Weblog on the other hand, is many-to-many. More information can be found on Weblogs compared to a newspaper publishing. Print publishing come from one specific company, having assigned professionals to look for news in a specific area, which makes that particular piece only having one angle or direction to the story. Weblog allows readers to read about a specific topic from different Weblogs that have different point of views, and in a way also allowing readers to have their own thoughts.
Weblog crushes intrinsic value as well. Shirky says that “Print publishing acts as a filter”, If one would want to publish a piece for instance, one would need to convince a publishing company that his or her work is worth publishing. The fact is, no publishing company would publish a work of an author that does not have a quality. He added that Weblogs have “unlimited reproduction and distribution of the written word, for a low and fixed cost”. True enough, there is only the need of an internet connection and a computer or handheld device and you are good to go. There is no filter involved in Weblogging, only interest.
Though the majority of amateurs will always be amateurs as Shirky said, but in a way, Weblogs gives the power to express, share, and discuss our thoughts with one another.
Shirky, C 2002, Weblogs and the Mass Amateurization of Publishing, Economics & Culture, Media & Community, Open Source, accessed 27/9/2012, http://shirky.com/writings/weblogs_publishing.html