Do blogs change opinions? Dan Gillmor: No

Dan Gillmor, one of the first traditional journalist bloggers and author of We the Media, did a presentation on blogging at the Accelerating Change conference yesterday. Nothing new, but I did get a chance to ask him the question I posed in this post: Are blogs and the ensuing comments actually changing people’s opinions or is it just this-is-my-opinion and this-is-my-opinion? His answer: No. Putting all the fact checking, and original reporting, and all of that to one side, when it comes to opinions and the “conversations” happening, the changing of opinions is not frequent, he thinks. He accredits this to a larger theme in today’s world of many people not changing their opinion on anything. I thought this was a weak secondary point. Though a very important opinion on opinions by a true blog pioneer.

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