Looking at current developments with the Apple/ThinkSecret case and interpetations of FEC rulings to regulate bloggers’ writings, Dan Gillmor says it well:
“We’re moving toward a system under which only the folks who are deemed to be professionals will be granted the status of journalists, and thereby more rights than the rest of us. This is pernicious in every way.
Mass media journalists and their bosses should be leading the fight against what’s happening to bloggers. I fear they won’t, because old media typically refuses to defend the rights of new entrants until the threats against the new folks directly threaten everyone. But my former colleagues in Big Media should understand that when we distinguish among kinds of journalists, discriminating against some because they’re not working for organizations deemed worthy (or powerful) enough, trouble will arrive soon enough for everyone.”
Well said. More at Dan’s.