New School

The Washington Post this weekend published their 14th Annual Crystal Ball Contest with a new twist that shows the new media landscape.  Citing the explosion of the political blogosphere, the Post, for the first time, pitted “new school” bloggers against “old school” political observers in its election prediction contest.  It seems to me another sign that bloggers and “new media” journalists are gaining credibility, but not quite there with mainstream media.  Once again it was “us” versus “them,” not “them” along with “us.”  The predictions were the same on each side, with only one member of each “school” predicting a McCain victory.  So bloggers and the rest seem to be getting closer, but still sidelined to the kids’ table to some degree.

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