BL Olchman writes about The New York Times love and hate relationship with blogging
... One day they're bashing bloggers, the next they're covering blogs as news.
"A blog is still a view of the world through a pinhole, noting that it can sometimes fall as low as being a "one man circle jerk." He, Watch your language, men!
"...the blogosphere - the bloggers' realm, which can sometimes be an incubator of ideas and news."
about growing vLogs
"But the object remains the same as with traditional blogs: to inspire (or to provoke) others to post responses to one's ruminations and images."
I think this ambivalence has more to do with NYT's self-esteem and need (and wish) of differentiation from private publishing. And it is as important for the NYT (and others) as it helps the blogosphere to mature.
It is getting even more complex, if a publisher feels and accepts (like NYT does) that blogging is (besides being a media in its own rights) an interesting form of journalism, appealing and worthwhile to incorporate into the publishers portfolio and services their readers.
There are millions of bloggers and reader of blogs around. No one can hush up or ignore private publishing, whether they like it or not. Since blogging came into existence (in the WEB) it has it's place in the information environment of millions of information seekers and information jugglers.
And like in public media (right now I'm getting doubts, whether blogging in the Web should be called private publishing)
there is some good stuff and lots of ... ,
there are some good journalists and lots of ... ,
there are some who have say something (which is important to some readers) and lots of ...
But I'm sure the discussion is going on. And it will benefit public and private media and even more us the reader / user.